Practice to Listen by Peter Marinelli
Listen to what’s going on around you, the conversations that are being discussed, and the inflections of their voices, the approach and the angles at which people speak from. Now observe yourself and how you are about to do the same. You will be amazed at how this will open up a new world for you as you practice to listen.
It is so easy to get caught up in what is going on around you and quickly find yourself involved in the drama. Drama that has little or no bearing on your life, and will not add anything to it, but perhaps to take you away from presences rather than enhance the moment. It will probably leave you drained and exhausted, not centered and providing you with more noise in the head.
When we unhook from the drama, and begin to just listen, practicing stillness, we will find ourselves to be more useful, centered, and free.
You can hear the fear based belief systems and unresolved resentments playing out their dance as others speak. How often does it have to do with their present set of circumstances?
It will show up as long as the old voices are not extinguished. They will play out in the present and so presence is never experienced, mindfulness is lost along with being of maximum service to others. What is experienced is more drama fear and resentment, resistance, anger, tension. The opposite of living, joyous, happy and free.
Usually, however, your mind will want to jump right into this pool of drama and urge you to participate, to give the self a reason and a purpose. The ego loves this yet it’s all delusional.
There will be a time to participate, and you will know when, if you practice being still and listen, just listen.