Just now, I sat for 10 minutes before I have to do work-related things for the rest of the afternoon.
After I was finished, I asked myself the following question -- During zazen, in objectless meditation (which, I think, is the focus of Soto Zen), are we really training ourselves to be good listeners? Similar to listening in a conversation with someone, are we seeking to just "shut up and listen" to everything around us without judging, commenting, thinking about something else, or thinking about what is happening around us?
This analogy seems to work for me, but I wanted to run it by you guys to see if I was on track. It seems like, if this is the case, then by listening to the world, we will be fully able to adjust our lives to what is happening around us for harmonious daily living.