Mindful Listening

“To listen is very hard, because it asks of us so much interior stability that we no longer need to prove ourselves by speeches, arguments, statements or declarations. True listeners no longer have an inner need to make their presence known. They are free to receive, welcome, to accept.”

— Henri Nouwen

As I continue to devote most of my energy to the projects that I need to complete for school next weekend, I thought, especially with all of the political noise and dissension, that a reminder about truly listening to others, without the intent of an immediate response, was worthwhile.

Photo of the Chesapeake Bay taken from the International Space Station, July 2016, found on http://www.nasa.gov

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