One of the greatest ways to connect to another person is to give him/her the gift of your listening ear. Every single one of us wants to be heard. We want our words to mean something to someone else, because the words we speak come from within our being. Just as you long for attention from another person, someone else longs for your attention. During my years as a spiritual counselor, I’ve discovered that listening, usually without saying a word, to someone’s story is most often the greatest healing gift I can offer; and within personal relationships it is the one of the greatest gifts I can receive.
When you feel listened to you are empowered to trust more deeply in the wonderful, amazing, incredible, fabulous, unique, (& so much more) person you are! -Bella Bleue
I invite you:
- To make an extra special effort to really listen to someone you care about.
- After you walk away from this experience take some time to reflect on what you learned about this person that you hadn’t noticed before AND
- Reflect on what it was like to be so fully present for another.
- If you are the one who needs to be listened to: Ask that the other person to listen
It’s amazing how when we “Hear Someone Long Enough to Listen” we are giving an incredible gift, and at the same time receiving so much in return.
I originally shared this post in my first weeks of blogging. I sometimes return to my writings to see if there is anything I need to reflect on, or that speaks to me in a different way at this moment in life. After sharing my last post about healing our brokenness, I reflected some more…and part of ‘naming’ what I feel is also being able to share my story with someone and be listened to.
I continue to be grateful for the supportive community of readers and writers here from all over the world.
As we listen to each other and support each other, a deeper healing is happening in our lives and in our world.
Blessings, Erin, Bella Bleue
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If you like to read more from Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., check out her book: “Kitchen Table Wisdom :Stories that Heal”. The quote is from her message, “Just Listen.” I have more about her in my Blogroll. Blessings!