Deep Listening – Say What!?

Take a minute, close your eyes, what do you hear? This is not so much about auditory hearing with your ears, as it is about awareness. So, stop what you’re doing and focus on what you’re aware of.

Minute #2: There’s the war in the Ukraine. Why doesn’t it bother me more? What is it that I’m bothered that my government’s not doing? Why does this bother me and the wars (multiple) in Africa do not? Do I think of these wars as “conflicts” because that makes them less disturbing?

Take a 3rd minute. Walk outside. Here, it only feels like 10F (-12C). So, maybe not today. But when you can, go outside. Or, at least step outside in your mind. What does it feel like? Are you in a concrete jungle? Is there any life? Whatever speck of life there is, even if it’s people, how does it survive? How does it thrive? If you’re in your yard, what wants to come forth? Yes, invasive weeds including grass. But, why are the weeds there? And what would come forth if it could? How can we nurture it?

Minute 4: What thoughts are there in your head? Can you lightly push aside those that don’t need to be listened to right this very second. What is your deep mind trying to tell you? Take another minute to listen to your breath and your pulse. Are they OK or are they trying to tell you to do something different? Minute six is for your gut. Is your stomach rumbling? Maybe you should eat. Nobody’s happy if the gut ain’t happy. Why is yours not happy?

Minute 7: Hopefully, you’ve slowed down enough in the past 6 minutes, so that you can easily let your thoughts drop into your open heart – that place of deep understanding. If not, follow your breath as it goes by your heart, until all of a sudden your thoughts are resting there. What is your heart opening to? What is it closing to? Why? Should it continue in this pattern or not? What deep understanding are you hearing?

8: Listen to stillness. Listen to peace. Listen to Paradise opening up to you.

9: And as that Paradise opens up to you, how does that cacophony sound? How is that different from your normally chaotic world?

And at last, minute 10: How can order be restored to your world (or how can it be brought about for the first time)? How do you see the world becoming a better place? Who or what can help you in this quest?

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