The Wounded Listener - ongoing thoughts on communication
Communication is how we weave ourselves together, as friends, as families, as societies and as humans. To be able to convey ideas and feelings and have them gracefully received and affirmed is truly the path to peace for humanity. Mostly, people dont need to be right or wrong, they just want to be heard. They simply want to make contact. Gracious listening - attentiveness. What a different world we would live in if we would listen to each other and respond with sensitivity, if we would value the deep significance of communication.
Today may you be mindful of those who speak to you with voice or gaze or body language. May your heart be your listening ear and attune you to the cries of those around you who simply need your patience, your time, your gentle affirmation. Listen with all of your faculties, and you will find yourself rich.