This past Sunday I found myself once again immursed in another compelling Super Soul Sunday. Oprah’s guest was one of my spiritual heros Thich Nhat Hanh, the exiled Vietnamese monk. Thich Nhat Hanh wrote one of my favorite spiritual guides The Miracle of Mindfulness. During the interview he spoke of deep listening and listening with compassion.
This sentiment hit me hard and got me to think about how I listen. That one bit of awareness has been a part of my mind set for these past three days. I’ve been trying to be there without prejudging or responding with trite answers or advise. This isn’t as easy as it seems, for either party. I find the silent pauses have been uncomfortable. Its like we require the noisy rhetoric out of habit or to disguise our true hearts.
I’m unsure where this will lead me, but I know one thing I feel more honest with myself. I encourage you all to try the same… Maybe by truly listening we may learn to understand one an other… So breathe deeply and listen.