Tag Archives: Listening

A still small voice

A true human listens, says shaman Joseph Rael, whose indigenous name means Beautiful Painted Arrow. Does he mean someone who listens deeply to other people? No. He means someone who listens to himself.

And it was a beautiful day

Home is not a house; it’s the present moment.

If we are not present, we are not at home.

The prodigal son awakened in a pig barn. Stunning, to find oneself at home in a pig barn.

The art of listening

Listening is awareness without thought. Practically, this means not thinking while the person to whom I am listening is speaking.

Awareness without thought is a state of radical openness. Saints call it prayer. Secularists call it consciousness. (And really, aren’t labels useless?)

First, I am a space for you. Then we are a space for each other.

Words are not necessary for communication.

More words count less.