Saturday is First Principles day at Better Endings. We focus on a principle that fosters ‘better endings’ with regard to our weekly topic. All this week we have been emphasizing “mindful communication” or mindfulness as a Better Endings principle. The underlying behavior associated with mindfulness is: Just Listen. That can mean both listening deeply to another as well as listening deeply within.
We cannot HEAR if we are not in a LISTENING mode. WE cannot LISTEN while we are talking in our head.
So, how can we become better listeners in order to be better communicators or to engage effectively in “Alchemical conversation”?
Perhaps you might say–now I am listening inwardly–that it begins with setting a proper INTENTION.
Ah, yes. Well spoken. And how can I or we set a positive intention to communicate deeply and well?
Be open and direct about your intention; seek to establish common grounds.
But intention is not always explicit in the moment of exchange.
Then LISTEN so you may HEAR your friend’s intention, rather than swiftly react.
Does Listening need to be mutual for alchemical conversation to ensue?
Yes. “Your state of consciousness is your level of acceptance.” So is the other’s.
What can be HEARD when I/WE Listen deeply?
What can be SEEN is HEARD with the HEART.
So mindfulness is being Heartful.
Heartfulness is being Mindful.
Words fade in significance. Unconditional Love is All.
Can you tell in the ‘conversation’ above Who is conversing with Whom? Alchemy is Archetypal!
Better Endings to You!
The universe is always speaking to us.
… Sending us little messages,
causing coincidences and serendipities,
reminding us to stop, to look around,
to believe in something else,
~ Nancy Thayer ~
Reblogged from Soul Gatherings