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QotD: Listening isn't easy

To listen is very hard, because it asks of us so much interior stability that we no longer need to prove ourselves by speeches, arguments, statements, or declarations. True listeners no longer have an inner need to make their presence known. They are free to receive, to welcome, to accept.

Listening is much more than allowing another to talk while waiting for a chance to respond. Listening is paying full attention to others and welcoming them into our very beings. The beauty of listening is that, those who are listened to start feeling accepted, start taking their words more seriously and discovering their own true selves. Listening is a form of spiritual hospitality by which you invite strangers to become friends, to get to know their inner selves more fully, and even to dare to be silent with you.

--Henri Nouwen

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neptunia67
Mar. 13th, 2017 04:43 pm (UTC)
This is so true.

I was in a situation last night, dinner with friends after our Sunday gig, and a man was there who has been pursuing me for a few months. I can hardly stand to be in his presence. He's misogynistic and verbally abusive. He doesn't listen at all... instead he spends his time coming up with his next response. When you point it out to him, he vehemently denies it rather than looking inward. His behavior makes me sick to my stomach.
liveonearth
Mar. 13th, 2017 05:17 pm (UTC)
Yuck. No fun being around such people. Toxic.
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