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.
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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