Today I read a short article on the value of good listening skills which included this bit: Have you ever noticed that LISTEN and SILENT are formed from the same letters?
WOW! I hadn’t. Yet, real listening asks us to put a hold on speaking, to be silent and really hear what the other has to say, without interrupting to express an idea, ask a question, give advice.
How silent is your listening?
Let’s go a bit deeper. Continue reading What do LISTEN and SILENT have in common?
This morning, during my daily centering practice, I read a short passage from Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach. This quote struck me:
We forget that every person, including ourselves, is new every moment.
Tara went on to share this short passage from The Cocktail Party by T.S. Eliot:
Continue reading New Every Moment …
What do you hear in the word “expectation”? When you expect something from another or from life, what do you notice in your being? What happens when those expectations are dashed?
Now, switch gears for a minute. Replace “expectation” with “expectancy, abundant expectancy“. What is the energy now?
Here’s where I go with these two:
Expectations that I have for myself or another person or for the situation feel limiting. I notice tension as I wait to see if what I want, what I expect, will happen. There is smallness here as laser focus sees only “this” and “these options”. I am trapped in my version of how life should unfold. I have put a box around you and how I want you to be. Often, sadly, I expect the worst.
Continue reading Release Expectation – Embrace Expectancy!
Listening, really present, deep listening is a gift that many of us never really receive. Think about it: when was the last time that you shared with another person or group and did not experience interruptions, fixing, opinions or “I know what you should do!”?
If you’ve had the gift of being listened to deeply, what was that like? What do you notice when you are able to share who you are and what is important to you in the moment and simply be heard?
How about your listening skills? Continue reading Listening power …
Working parents, stay-at-home parents, new parents, … Today’s message is for each of you who is raising one or more young persons with intention in the midst of our over-filled lives. Know this: you are attempting the most challenging task there is! It is also the most vital to our society and the most rewarding.
What has me writing this to you now?
Continue reading Salute to Parents