Continuing on in the theme of practicing the presence of people, I have been cognizant of another theme…that of listening. I had dinner with a friend the other night and he said he watched the movie, August Rush. I haven’t seen it yet, but he related that the message he received from the movie was about listening. August Rush: “The music is all around US, all you have to do is listen.”
I smiled to myself, because that was part of the theme of practicing the presence of people that I have been integrating into my life. I talked the other day about seeing the nobility in others, no matter who, not only for that person, but for you…to glean and learn together…as a shared moment of love, learning, life, and creation. Listen, watch, observe, and integrate…then live it and share (let others glean from you)…that has been my integration.
Jack Kerouac (whom I’ve quoted before) says, “Be submissive to everything, open, listening.” As you go about your day, as I do mine, I hope you listen…wonder, be inquisitive, integrate…listen.