Listening

The situation of our youth is not mysterious. Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. They must, they have no other models.

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.

We cannot live in a world that is not our own, in a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not a home. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening, to use our own voice, to see our own light.

It is a man listening through a tornado for the Still Small Voice… a soul standing in awe before the mystery of the Universe… a hungry heart seeking for love… Time flowing into Eternity… IT is a man climbing the altar stairs to God.

Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery. Trust your hunches. They’re usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.

While the right to talk may be the beginning of freedom, the necessity of listening is what makes the right important.

Listening is a form of accepting.

One of the best ways to persuade others is with your ears – by listening to them.

Prayer begins by talking to God, but it ends by listening to Him.

Don’t judge. Just hear what the person has to say. Thoughtfully consider its meaning for him. When you attend to another’s speech in this way, you may come to recognize the miracle of words. This is sacred listening. To such an ear, story, in all of its forms, is transformed into a melodious language. When the listener is this receptive, both he and the teller are elevated to a new realm of communication. This is the foundation of building trust and safety in any relationship.

Real listening is the creation of a sacred space in which another’s words are contained and transformed into hallowed speech. Like remembering, this form of listening is also intentional.

Healing depends on listening with the inner ear - stopping the incessant blather, and listening.

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

Our culture of discussion in our region is to debate, to know the truth, and try to prove to the other one how they are mistaken - and it's not really helpful. Listening compassionately can enable us to let the other person reveal and discover what is really there.

I will spend time with those I love. My spouse, my children, my family. A man can own the world but be poor for the lack of love. A man can own nothing and yet be wealthy in relationships. Today I will spend at least five minutes with the significant people in my world. Five quality minutes of talking or hugging or thanking or listening. Five undiluted minutes with my mate, children, and friends.

The simplest way of listening to music is to listen for the sheer pleasure of the musical sound itself.

The simplest way of listening to music is to listen for the sheer pleasure of the musical sound itself.

The simplest way of listening to music is to listen for the sheer pleasure of the musical sound itself.

A man who listens because he has nothing to say can hardly be a source of inspiration. The only listening that counts is that of the talker who alternatively absorbs and expresses ideas.

A man who listens because he has nothing to say can hardly be a source of inspiration. The only listening that counts is that of the talker who alternatively absorbs and expresses ideas.