Just for a moment, give Heart-Centered Listening a try.
Is there someone that is trying to get your attention? Is it a child, a spouse, a co-worker?
Stop your mental chatter, relax your stance and look into their eyes. Now, REALLY LISTEN to what they are saying. Drop your response. Quit rehearsing what you will say back to them. They are not wanting or needing your advice. Keep listening. Focus on their heart. Let them know you care what they have to say by your silence and deep listening. It is ego that wants to counsel, advise, and coerce. Remember: your job is to trust they have all the inner resources to access their own knowing.
After your child, spouse, or co-worker has completed her sharing, then thank them. You have just witnessed a miraculous moment. You didn’t have to say a thing! You have assisted one, in your silence, to access their own intuition and knowing. A gift has been given and received in the same exchange. Both parties are blessed. This is, in its truest sense, Heart-Centered Listening.
Who knew that knitting as a hobby could be so fulfilling? It sure surprised me! I am a beginner knitter who started knitting as a way to connect with other women, and I felt I needed a creative outlet. But the real gift for me is the “way” I knit. Or should I say, “how" I knit for whoever I am knitting for.
I find such joy in thinking about the recipient of the scarf I am knitting. The thought process is so joyful. Let’s see... “what color yarn should I buy for so and so?” ”What color would complement her complexion?” This simple process makes me happy. BUT again the “way” I do what I do is most fulfilling.
You ask, “what do I mean by this?” Well, I’ll tell you, I think about the person I am knitting for. I cherish the person I am knitting for. I see her face, I feel the essence of her beauty. I infuse love in the object I am working on and bless it as my fingers move through the yarn. It is such a happy time of “seeing” that person as a beloved child of God. It is my way of appreciating and honoring that person. I think, “how often have I allowed myself concentrated time to simply ponder another’s preciousness?”
I am learning to love the art of knitting especially the higher meaning of my new craft. To connect with another in thought, heart to heart. What a holy time!
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Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into
newness of life and recognizing no mortal nor material power as able to destroy. Let us rejoice that we are subject to the divine “powers that be.”
~ Science and Health
with Key to the Scriptures,
by Mary Baker Eddy