A gift;– listening intently!—Bouncing Back by Linda Graham!


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When we want to listen deeply to another person, we prepare ourselves to give them our full attention. We temporarily set aside our own needs and agendas. We stop rehearsing what we’re going to say in response to what we anticipate they are going to say. We become present, opening our mind and heart to the person underneath the words, underneath the bragging or the complaints.
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We become curious about what the person is saying and not saying, what might need more time or deeper trust to be voiced. As Henry David Thoreau said, “The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when someone asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.”
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We can bring the same attentiveness and contemplative listening to ourselves. We can practice tuning into our own experience, moment by moment. We can notice tension, irritation, restlessness, impatience, and boredom, or calm, peace, delight, joy, and awe. As we listen more deeply even than the level of our breath, body sensations, feelings, and thoughts about ourselves, we can drop into a quiet space of no chatter, no agenda, no nagging doubts, no habits of perceiving or interpreting ourselves.
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We can enter a spacious stillness so calm and clear that we begin to sense the wholeness of our true being.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Discover your inner world listen, meditate, focus on the breath.

    Listen, slow down, hear the inner sound, hear your breath, spend time alone discovering you.

    Have fun while you heal.

  2. Reblogged this on angio16.

  3. Posted by Jeffrey Sterling, MD on September 18, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Yes. Slow it down and enjoy the subtleties of it all. It makes for a better existence! Thanks for following my blog, Straight, No Chaser! Let’s stay in touch!

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