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Listening as a spiritual practice

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Moreover listening to other people can be an amazing practice - both spiritual and healing.


Most people listen just enough to start formulating a response. But to give the fullness of our attention to another person, without motive or desire - that's a spiritual practice on the interpersonal level.


When most people give advice, they're really giving it to themselves. Entrenching their own beliefs, rationalizing their own decisions, or trying to solve their own problems. They may as well be speaking to a mirror. And that's exactly what a good listener is.


At night when the lights are on in the home and it's dark outside, windows reflect the interior. Be the night, that listening Yin for another person. Help them see themselves.


We all need to see our own brightness and illuminate our own problems.




..and that's not even mentioning the benefits to the listener.

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