My Favorite Inspiring Quotes
Commentary by Peter Shepherd
The need to be right (based on fears and insecurity) is the foundation of ego. So many pretend to listen but are really thinking, how soon can I prove I’m right or show why the other is wrong.
People like to be listened to, of course, and that also means they are more likely to open their heart and tell their truth.
Why would you not have an open ear? Only if you are being judgmental, exclusive, egotistic. Not a good idea as the path of love is accepting, inclusive and connecting, with empathy and compassion. Listening is loving.
Too much of our daily life tends to lack the intimacy of empathic communication, so when we do experience it, it’s very life-affirming.
Our growth in general depends on opening up - to learn from our experiences, from our emotions, from our intuition and inner guidance, from other people's viewpoints and discoveries. To listen is to be in the present - and to be meaningfully present.
Here’s some further reading on this theme...
Imagine all of us being touched by a beam of light that is filled with conscious awareness; and that light beam of consciousness sparked within us empathy, compassion, love, acceptance, caring, imagination, inspiration, integrity, mutual respect, and innovation. Imagine that spark caused to disappear: judgment of another based on how we look or the shade of our skin or on our level of education or on how we practice our spiritual aspects and paths (or don’t) or any other perceived separation. Imagine everyone following or striving to follow the two Golden Rules. Continues...