I listen

I hear you! Yes, dear, but are you listening?

In conversations we may find ourselves thinking about our retort for the argument, words of sympathy for the circumstance, our expression of love in reciprocation, or impatiently waiting to tell them what we think they want to hear. We aren't really listening to what they are saying, how they are saying it, or listening to body language. Maybe we're just waiting for our turn to be right, or make it about us. Whatever conversations we find ourselves in, let's pay attention if we tend to make it about us - I might argue we're not really listening.

Are we listening to our bodies, and our breath? Are we listening to our thoughts and feelings - like, really listening. We can be so quick to assume we know what they are trying to tell us, and so quick to act on them. Take time this week to listen, and respond slowly.

As we continue to deepen our relationship with ourself, this all gets a bit easier. We can get out of our own way and let the answers arrive without struggle.

Step outside - listen to the air, the wind, the rustling leaves. Listen to the birds - they do put on quite a concert - let them know you're listening. Listen to laughter, and tears. Listen to/feel our heart beating. Really tune in. Let's use all of our senses.

There is much more information to be gathered through intentional listening, and sometimes, even more in the silence. Listen with your ears, eyes, minds, and hearts. Take the time. We all just want to be seen, and understood.