Breathing is a wonder we take for granted. This is the first sentence of the essay titled AIR by Alan P Tory in his book ‘WONDER. Learning the “Ah” of things‘. I was struck by the poetic language that Alan uses and by the wise words of a Zen Master he shares, that we must learn to understand the “Ah” of things. To admire the works of art that surround us in everyday life. Through images, sound and excerpts of Alan’s text it is my turn to share the “Ah” of Air.
The images and video that follow are accompanied by prose from Alan’s essay on AIR (any text in italics is mine). For me, Alan’s writing style is captivating. It complements another post I’ve written titled ‘What is Air? You may be surprised!‘. Such an essential and wondrous element as Air can be represented in many ways.
Less well known perhaps, air is… a highway of sound (try putting a ringing bell in a vacuum). The Tibetan and Japanese ‘singing bowls’ in this short video demonstrate this wondrous feature of air.
Rachel Carson – famous as the author of Silent Spring – also celebrated the sense of wonder, as I’ve explored here. Like Alan and the Zen Master, she saw the awe and beauty in the world around us. Rachel understood the “Ah” of things.
The last words go to Alan. He writes that the aim of the exploring and celebrating the twenty words in WONDER is to carry one step further an impulse to learn, and to extend awareness of what waits to be enjoyed in our World, and more important, what asks to be done to look after it.