Have you ever sat still and simply listened, engaged yourself in the act of active listening – not so much to the many sounds and noises out in the world, but to the sounds within you?
If you meditate, you may already do this. Sitting still is the first part, going within and listening the next. It’s actually a very simple activity, one that will give you incredible insights into the most valuable resource you have, namely yourself.
There is a constant demand these days to “look busy”. If you remember a time when folks thought that new technology would create more free time, you know that just the opposite has actually happened. Nowadays one is expected to be on call and available 24/7. It takes some doing to untangle oneself from this demand, to create the space to have space for you. Meditation can help you to create this space.
Just finding time to sit still and be, is beyond the ability of many people, who are stretched to the limits with “to-do’s”. The noise of the world piles up, until one feels so full of other sounds, voices, demands, that it is hard to hear one’s own voice. Listening to that inner voice is the key to uncovering wealth within. This is where the true treasure lives. By slowing down, even for a few minutes a day, you can create wellness in a way that nothing else can do. An interesting effect of doing this is that it becomes easier to hear others speak, to listen to the words, to hear music, once you have learned to listen to yourself.
Some people think they cannot meditate because they can’t still their minds. They have the idea that if one is going to meditate, it must be done perfectly. You must already be perfectly calm and still, otherwise you’re doing it wrong and it’s a waste. There is an idea that meditation must be taken seriously, or it won’t work. Nothing could be further from the truth.
If you approach your meditation with a sense of humor and play, and let go of the need to do it perfectly, you will get much more out of it. Start by listening to your breath, to your body, without judgment. There’s already enough judgment floating around out in the world without you dragging some of it inside of you.
Listening without judgment is an art. Listening to another without judgment is a gift. Listening to yourself without judgment is the greatest thing you can do for yourself.
Image: “I Am Listening” ©Debi Cates ~ The Many Hats Of Debi Cates