I’m fortunate to live in an area where it is quiet most of the time. In the evenings this time of year, you may be able to hear owls, coyotes, and elk calling to each other. During the day, you can hear hawks, ravens, and many other birds.
What is always interesting to me is how few people take the time to listen to the sounds around them. Are they too focused on their task, or are they too distracted? When I hear an owl, I stop to hear its call, wondering what it is saying to other owls.
How often do we take the time to listen to what is happening around us? Are we really listening to the people in our lives? Or, are we too distracted by the world around us? Of course cell phones are important tools, yet do they cause us to block out the voices of those we love? I would have to admit, I have been guilty of that.
The question then becomes, are we really listening? Are we truly engaged in the conversations we have with others, or are we more interested in repeating some fact we just read on social media? What happened to listening with the intention of true, authentic communication? Does listening with intention have anything to do with living our best life, or with our spiritual journey?
With these thoughts in mind a conversation with my inner voice may add clarity to the subject of listening. My questions will be in italics.
Is listening important to our spiritual journey?
Listening is your connection to the physical world. Yet it is not only the sounds that come through your ears that are worth your attention. Many important messages can be felt through the human body. An intuitive feeling is a message worth listening to, yet this feeling is often overlooked because of the distractions from the outside world.
When you start to listen to your intuition you will connect with the truth of who you are. It is here where you will begin to know what is true and right for you without the need for the opinions of others to guide your way. To connect with the loving voice of your intuition, is to clear the way of outside distractions along the path of your spiritual journey.
What about listening to others, is this part of our journey as well?
There is much to hear when you listen to those in your life. Many times there is more to hear than just words. Sometimes the intention behind the words is heard louder than the words themselves.
Think of a conversation as an exchange of energy, this energy can be positive, or negative. It can move the conversation further, thereby elevating the consciousness of those in the conversation. This energy also has the potential to alienate those involved. By listening to the words, and then feeling the energy behind the intention you can get a clear understanding of where the other people in the conversation are emotionally, and spiritually.
When you judge someone rather than listen, you are limiting your ability to see who this person is. Listening is a way to connect with those in your life, but you must focus and listen to make this energetic connection. Otherwise you will not make this connection, and there will be something lost in the conversation.
What if those we are speaking with aren’t listening to us. Is there something we can do to improve the outcome?
When you focus on the words you share with others, you may hear more than just your words. You may hear emotions that catch you by surprise. By listening for the intention of your own words you will notice if you are helping to elevate the conversation, or bringing it down with negativity.
Many times people talk just to fill the silence that makes them uncomfortable in a conversation. It is here where listening to the words you speak will reveal to you if what you are saying has value to the discussion or not.
To truly listen as others speak is a sign of respect for them and yourself. Even if you disagree, there may be common ground on which you can agree. If not, then by listening you may learn something about them that may help you release your need to judge them.
Are we too busy to take the time to listen to others, or can we slow down to hear what they have to say? I think this is something that needs constant focus.
Let me know what you think, I’m always open to exploring the subject further. Leave a comment below, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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One way to silence these voices of negativity, is to enter a place of inner stillness. If we can focus at work with the noise of the job, why can’t we learn to ignore the voices of negativity we hear in our head? It may take some practice at first but in time we may find stillness in the most unlikely of places. Then when we do find a quiet moment, we may find it easier to get comfortable with the stillness within.
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