listen

There is room then for listening

With a quiet mind, a heart still and silent,
You will see the infinity of God
And the finity of self.
Humility will embrace you,
and you will fade into
that which is all that is.
Your words will be few; the silence great.
There is room then for
listening.

Ecclesiastes 5:12

~ THE WAY OF SOLOMON, translation

To exquisitely listen and to abide by our own heart

We say we aren't listening to ourselves in the name of consideration for others. But this is a false premise because we can't really listen to others until we learn to listen, exquisitely listen, and TO ABIDE by our own heart.

~ From ONE CONTINUOUS MISTAKE by Gail Sher

Hearing is easy; listening is difficult

Listening has to do with awareness. Hearing is easy; listening is difficult. Few of us recognize that listening is an ability and not an instinct. As such, it is an act that has to be learned. To listen is to be sensitive to reality. Good listeners live in the moment and pay attention to what is going on in the here-and-now ... a listening that is beyond words.

~ from THE ZEN TEACHINGS OF JESUS by Kenneth S. Leong

But I am listening

You, neighbor God, when I disturb with heavy raps
your quiet during a lonely night,
it is because I rarely hear You breathe,
though know: You're in your room alone.
And while in need, there's no one there to bring
your groping hand a drink. But I
am listening. Just give me a sign.
I am close by.

~ from THE BOOK OF HOURS by Rainer Maria Rilke

If we really want to pray, we must first learn to listen

If we really want to pray, we must first learn to listen,
for in the silence of the heart, God speaks.

~ T. S. Eliot

Listening creates a holy silence

Listening creates a holy silence. When you listen generously to people, they can hear truth in themselves, often for the first time. And in the silence of listening, you can know yourself in everyone. Eventually you may be able to hear, in everyone and beyond everyone, the Unseen singing softly to itself and you.

~ from KITCHEN TABLE WISDOM by Rachel Naomi Remen

Those who are learned love to talk

Those who are learned love to talk about what they know; and as they know much, they talk much. Yet to hear God, they must LISTEN. The learned often make a storage room of their mind, where so much is stored that there is no room left for God to enter and dwell in it ... The learned like to argue for the sake of arguing. It becomes a game, and in the end they love the argument and miss the opportunity to hear God.

~ from THE JOYFUL BEGGAR by Louis de Wohl

Most people need to know that they have been heard

Most people need to know that they have been heard. Listen to their body, their eyes, to the colors they are wearing. If you really want to hear someone, open your heart and listen to their soul.

~ from UNTIL TODAY! By Iyanla Vanzant
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