Listening is a key aspect to healthy and supportive relationships. It is one of the ways that we demonstrate care, compassion and connection with another person. I’ve always been a pretty good listener with people, but I might need more practice on my listening-to-spirit skills.
If you want some good practical tips for listening, read this article about the 10 Principals of Listening. They are very pragmatic, but contain good advice on listening with presence, focus and understanding. I’ve practiced active listening in groups, where we seek understanding by reflecting back to the speaker what we think we heard. We keep clarifying and refining until we have confirmation that we in fact, heard and understand what the speaker meant. Then we can respond from a place of clarity and understanding.
As the article points out, good listening goes beyond the words to the non-verbal. This is an important aspect of listening since experts suggest 50-70% of communication is non-verbal. This includes body language, gestures, facial expression, emotional tone, physiological elements and more. Kinesthetic and intuitive people might call this reading a person’s energy. Or maybe we can call it whole body listening with openness and presence. Focusing more on listening and connecting to the whole person for the message beyond the words.
I’ve been “hearing” many reminders to pay more attention to the divine.
The realm of aligning with spirit (God) is even more complicated, at least for me. But again, it involves “listening”. Paying attention to our life, other people, feelings, thoughts and results for clues leading to the path of love and wisdom (aka God married in mind and heart).
Some of my clues have been coming from fellow bloggers with reminders on the importance of listening as the best way to align with life, love and God. Stacy wrote an excellent post about spiritual simplicity. What struck me was the reminder to love all that we encounter. When we are in this receptive, listening state, then we can “hear” the voice of spirit. I’m adopting her intention to listen with love for the harmonious voice of spirit. How about you?
As you probably know, we often teach and write about what we need to learn. I’ve previously written about Tuning to the Divine, filled with tips on aligning with spirit. I offer it to myself and anyone interested in hearing the voice of spirit. Hint: gratitude, acceptance and openness are big factors. Excuse me while I go practice! 🙂
May you hear the loving voice of God within all experience. ~ musebrad