Listening is harder than you think. A friend called this morning and talked about something she just read in a book…about a commencement address on the concept of listening; being present; listening “more and more”. So of course your intellect, as prideful as it can be sometimes, says, “I listen. I am good at listening. I always know what someone says.” Then the functioning part of the intellect says, “Ok, I am going to (do this right) listen and pay attention…and focus.” In reality though, function is function, it is not being. Listening is about being present…hear words, seeing expressions, feelings other’s energy/presence…

My challenge today was to be present, listen, stay in their words, not think ahead their next thoughts… A hard challenge it was…and adding to that challenge was the grace for myself to wander and return without judgment.


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