we could all benefit from better listening. listening, is an undervalued quality and skill. I think, especially in an era where everything is so fast moving and immediate.
true listening, conscious listening, is an act of patience, an act of openness, and an act of generosity.
true listening is also an act of letting go and allowance. it involves releasing our own agenda, and truly listening to what is being said, what we are hearing.
our participation is one of silence, which is something most of us seem uncomfortable with. but, if we are willing to be curious – to be open, then when we truly listen, we learn new things and we grow, and our awareness is heightened.
true listening it’s not just with the ears, it is also with the heart.
#listening #listen #StayOpen #StayCurious #NoAgenda #LetGo #LetGoAndGrow #awareness #practice #TheLongArc #PlantingSeeds #enso #Zen #Buddhism #JMWart
in the Buddhism there is a tradition of inviting our fears to tea. listen to them with understanding and compassion, with gentleness, with tender-heartedness. they might have something important to say!this takes bravery, but they can be our hidden teachers.
and then, send them on their way.
invite them to tea,
but not to stay 😌🙏🏻
#fears #listen #understanding #compassion #bravery #courage #YouCanHaveTeaButCannotStay
if what is presented in Buddhism -that we are interconnected and all things are impermanent and changing – is indeed true, then our most grateful and honorable response is to aspire to and practice toward authentic engagement with life. in other words…Presence. to be Present, we can practice a most beneficial skill…Listening. and the first step toward skillful listening is to stop talking.
#RightListening #StopTheChatter #presence #relationships #communication #practice #listening #authenticity #ThisMoment #impermanence #interconnection #change #life #meditation #Buddhism
meditation is a practice
coming back to reality ~
here i am.
this is my breath coming in
and going out.
this is my body aching or at rest.
hearing the sounds of this moment.
taking care of oneself in this reality ~
i feel my body. i feel any tension or pain.
i hold it with tenderness and breathe into it
and breathe out of it.
i hear the confusion in my mind.
thoughts racing nowhere.
i hold this feeling with understanding
letting go and coming back to my breath.
i hear the lovely sounds of life around me.
i am grateful and smile.
staying open to reality ~
my heart has the capacity to hold
the entire world and all of life.
my mind, the wisdom to let go.
i stay open to the present,
trusting life and my true nature,
trusting the capacity of my heart to
stay open and grow.
and in this space of understanding
– in this openness –
i am able to be of benefit
to others’ well being
and their end to suffering
as well as my own.
Friday, December 21st 2012
Patience. Courage. Wisdom. Kindness. Tenderness. Compassion. Forgiveness. Grace. Generosity. Hope. Calmness. Peacefulness. Listening. Awareness. Mindfulness. Meditation. Prayer…
and the most ancient, Love.
…just listing my choice of weapons.
i want to be a better listener.
i plan on opening my heart wider.