Honestly, sometimes it is so easy to see the meaning in what is happening, but sometimes life seems so busy it is hard to hear you speaking. So right now I am working on slowing down and being intentional about having the time to listen.
What I have learned is that taking the time to listen is like taking a pilgrimage to the Holy Land where I have to enter life and lean in and listen.
This past week I have been reminded that life is unpredictable. By listening to you and your guidance I have found what I needed to lift me up and been able to find new ways of thinking about things. Even what initially felt like the worst of situations became transformative and life giving because you challenged me to enter into the situation, sit with you, and grow.
It has been in the time I have been the most silent this week that I have found the greatest peace. You have taught me that listening truly is the most sacred gift I can give someone. I was able to be there for people in ways that gave new meaning to being human. Not only was I able to be human, but humane. As I listened, I was better able to understand the connections between us and what we have in common. As I listened, I was able to practice living in this moment and not allowing the past to influence the way I experience the present.
I have learned that listening is like breathing. It keeps me focused, balanced and centered. It keeps me spiritually awake, growing and evolving. It enables me to see the sacred and spiritual in everyday life. If I stop listening, then I stop breathing and I die. So with each moment that I listen, I am enhancing not only the quality of my life, but also the lives of those I am listening to.
Listening to others this week has enabled me to enter into connections that I might not otherwise have had. My friendships have deepened and grown just because I was willing to listen.
These friendships have enhanced my ability to open up to an ever deepening relationship with you. As I have opened up to others, and seen your presence in their lives, it has given me a greater understanding of you and my personal relationship with you. As my relationship with you has grown, so has my capacity to love and as my capacity to love evolves so does my ability to be a reflection of the Divine source of love that you are. I am so grateful for the friendships forged that are enabling me to grow in the ways I reflect love into this world and my ability to be human and humane.