The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention…. A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words. Rachel Naomi Remen
1. I begin my day with morning pages (see Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way). Three pages of pieces of dreams, to do lists for the day, and general draining of unfinished business. The tone of these pages is not the same as it was when I first started this practice. Whiny rants aren’t as common anymore. Insights and new ideas are becoming more obvious. I like listening to this change in my voice.
2. Yesterday when my retired teacher friends and I met for our weekly “therapy” session at a local Mexican restaurant’s happy hour, an older woman looking for the “teacher group” joined us and immediately began sharing. A lot. None of us knew her, but we did what any good therapy group would do; we listened. She told of her husband of 50 plus years who died 11 months ago, her years of teaching at the adult learning center in town, her grown children and grandchildren, and what it was like to be in the world at 77 years of age. We connected…
What are your experiences with the listening connection?