When was the last time you truly stopped to listen?
When you watch kids stop, they STOP. It’s amazing to see a child suddenly enthralled in a hawk circling the sky, a line of baby ducks following their momma, a brand new, shiny train go by. The attention of a 3-4 year old is perfectly tuned into just one item, one source of sound, one idea at a time. That’s a perfect age to watch and learn how to listen.
As adults, we grow up super multi-taskers.
We embark into the world each day knowing that we can tackle all of our ‘life’ problems. We rescue. We sort. We file. We type. We drink coffee. We answer phones/drive/take notes/make dinner/sort laundry/make plans…
It’s the life of ‘many attentions’ that is rewarded externally isn’t it?
Listening can take many forms. Listening for sound is obvious. Listening to your inner voice, your higher spirit, your heart, your intuition – not so obvious. Quieting the mind to be able to hear the finest of what nature and our inner hearts have to say takes some practice. And, practice takes time. Do you put time aside to listen?
Do you practice? – prayer – meditation?
In last week’s ‘Body Awareness & Meditation’ class we concluded the meditation time by focusing on this quote:
“Attention is power. Do not direct it too many activities. Clarify your emotional reaction, then eliminate as much as possible.” by Swami Sivananda Radha
Where is your power being directed on a daily basis?
Listen you will hear it. What is it telling you?