listening

Our Spiritual Senses, Part 4—Hearing

In the silence of the heart God speaks. If you face God in prayer and silence, you will hear God. Then you will know you are nothing. It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God can fill you. Souls of prayer are souls of great silence.—Mother Teresa

One of the treasures in my life is the ability to lose myself in a song. Closing my eyes and allowing the words and music to play through me—to stop listening with my ears and listen with my heart. As the music washes over me, my mind relaxes, my breathing slows, and I quietly drift into unexpected places of creation. This is the sacred discipline of deep listening, of being spiritually attentive through the hearing sense.

Empathy and Listening

Empathy and Listening

“Wow, you’re a good listener!” I used to get that a lot. However, I don’t think it was true. I’ve become a much better one. It’s not easy, but I’m striving to become an empathetic listener. Before I used to say things like, “Your boss is a jerk!” and  “It’s not you, it’s them.” And—oh yes—“I think he has a serious mental problem.” I probably told people exactly what they wanted to hear (no wonder they loved me). I had no idea I was so judgmental.

I’m not proud of it.  I consider myself a generally peaceful, sensitive, loving person. I think I wanted to let people know I understood them by agreeing with them.  Or, maybe sound important by giving out the right advice, or to feel accepted.

What Do You Want to Find?

Do you have a “wish list” for what you would like to find in the world? Would you like to experience respect? Possibly your list would include care or companionship? Empathy, understanding or being heard?

Would you like to know how to manifest your wish list?

I encourage you to take a moment now and write your list. Possibly five qualities that you would like to find in the world.

Do you have your list?

Great, I want to begin by sharing how I finally figured this out.