Yesterday I had a written a post entitled Deep Listening, Compassion, and Healing. Somehow the term "Deep Listening" is very appealing to me. It provides for me an image and realization that I truly am capable of listening both actively and deeply. (I am also capable of other things which are not quite so kind at times. I think there are some words for that?) I am not exactly sure why the word "deeply", has such a profound impact on me, but I find it both touching and motivating. It helps me become a little more in touch with myself in some way. It reminds me of how much we are all alike. I am reminded that we all have the potential for happiness and joy, and we need each other, and that on some level we can heal each other. Hasn't the Pandemic proven to us that we are interdependent and that we really do need each other? For me the Pandemic has provided insights into myself that I never would have had without it. Unfortunately it has also caused all of us great suffering. For many of us the suffering of these challenging months have helped us develop some aspects of ourselves, and learned things about ourselves that we would not have learned otherwise. I suspect for me, that I am more compassionate, along with being considerably frustrated to say the least. I believe I value my connectedness with others more. I suspect that the greater our understanding and compassion for both ourselves and others. the greater is our potential to experience true happiness, .and not just the happiness that comes with consumerism and material wealth. The Pandemic has highlighted the fact that we are all in this life together, "all of us", and we need each other. We need each other to solve the important problems and challenges we face, both within ourselves and in our communities. We need to touch each other, and have physical contact, and to experience the touch of affection in our hearts.. How many of us really don't have worries? How many of us are not concerned about our children's well being, and the well being of other family members and friends? How many of us are not concerned about being able to pay our bills or have some other financial struggle The list goes on and the truth is that we are so much more alike than we are different. Somehow we accentuate the differences, and go to war with each other. We go to war in our families, in our communities and within our country. Too often we believe that it is only us that suffers, and everyone else is just enjoying every aspect of life. It is particularly difficult to see that even our enemies suffer. What would happen if we created dialogue with each other and really listened, "listened deeply", to understand that we really are so much alike. Maybe then we could enjoy the differences in each other which makes life so much more exciting..
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