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Friday, January 22, 2010

The Art of Listening

Have you ever felt when you're talking to someone but you feel that person is not completely listening to you? Or the opposite way. Instead of you, the mind is doing the listening. When listening to another person, dont just listen with your mind, listen with your whole body. That takes attention away from thinking and creates a still space that enables you to truly listen without the mind interfering. You are giving the other person space, space to be. It is the most precious gift you can give. Most people dont know how to listen because the major part of their attention is taken up by thinking. They pay more attention to that than to what the person is saying, and none at all to what really matters, the Being of the other person underneath the words and the mind. Of course, you cannot feel someone elses Being except through your own. This is the beginning of the realisation of oneness, which is love. At the deepest level of Being, you are one with all that is.

Most human relationships consist mainly of minds interacting with each other, not of human beings communicating, being in communion. No relationship can thrive in that way, and that is why there is so much conflict in relationships. When the mind is running your life, conflict, strife, and problems are inevitable. Being in touch with your inner body creates a clear space of no mind within which the relationship can flower.

"You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time."

M. Scott Peck

Peace out.


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