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How did it go, oh, Mighty Listeners?

How did it go, oh, Mighty Listeners? We'll officially Listen again on August 24th, 2013 . . . but hopefully lots more between now and then.

I listened to beauty and ugliness; the gentle, rhythmic sounds of my dogs breathing as they paddled in a calm ocean . . . but also the voice of a man pointing a gun (my Crisis Ministry). I Listened to and heard, albeit in shocked slow-motion, everything he said, until he put the gun back in his vest. I heard him say that he was angry and afraid and, "handicapped," and that he'd had a bad experience. I think I really, truly heard all that he said, while I breathed slowly, heard pounding. Many hours later I was Listening to someone ramble, and I became aware that I had stopped Listening, almost immediately, so I tried again. Later, I listened to lots of people at a party . . . in between big gulps of food! I have a long way to go. Have you, Dear Ones? Whenever the Spirit moves you, whether sooner or later, please let us know what your Listening unveiled for you.

And May The Force Be With You!

- Sarah

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Wendyiscalm's picture

How it went

Hello Sarah with an h

Thank you for sensitizing all of us to listen more by your listening day. I myself listened more but since your initial quest for people to participate on this day, I have been listening more and have been telling more people about it. I feel that I made more people aware over the past since your initial message and I think I will continue to tell them about you and your quest as most of us take awhile to develop new habits.

I want to thank you for what you have done and are doing. I think if we all can get in the HABIT of listening more, that we will go a long way to starting world peace and peace within our own families and work centers.

Thank you for being you.

Ubuntu,

Wendy

Wendy Stebbins
Founder/CEO
I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

Sarah Whitten-Grigsby's picture

Thank you!

Dear Wendy,

Thank you so much for your feed back, and please excuse my delay in responding to your lovely, helpful message!

I, too, am becoming increasingly aware of listening all the time. How many times have we been with someone who talked non-stop and never, ever asked or listened? I find that that sort of one-sided communication breeds resentment and discouragement, and I do believe that if we all gave each other the respect of truly paying attention the world would be a better place! Sometimes non-listening is fear-based, I feel, and sometimes it's just a symptom of our increasingly narcissistic society.

At any rate, may we all learn to take the ME out of it. I think you learned that long ago. I work on it daily!

Love to you and Ubuntu,

Sarah with an h

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