August 2, 2021
I feel we tend to talk more than we listen. Which means our conversations inevitably veer towards a monologue rather than a dialogue, and our voices are used to entrench us into the perspectives we know, rather than as a tool to help us grow. When we talk but don’t listen, there’s no space for growth and no space for our Higher Selves.
To me, that’s not what communicating is about. Our Throat Chakra, Vishuddha, is about our voices, our truth and our power to express it. But it’s also about our power to make space for the truth of others, our power to listen, and our power to honor the voices of those around us.
This means it’s about compassion and courage, to both be heard and listen openly.
Sometimes listening is not easy. Sometimes it’s actively uncomfortable. Sometimes talking feels more gratifying. Sometimes we talk because we feel heard, and sometimes we talk because we don’t feel heard. Often we listen only to answer.
But these days, we’re all walking around with masks
As an act of love and compassion for those around us, we cover our mouths. To keep them safe. To give them space. To love them from a distance.
𝑨𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒍𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒏.
This past year has shown us how vocal we can be. But have we learned to truly listen? While our mouths are covered in a physical and visual expression of our willingness to make space for others, let our Vishuddha Chakra be as open as ever, flexing the listening muscles we’ve been neglecting.
Remember the power and meaning of your heart in conversation. Remember that sometimes your #voice is more impactful when it is not used. Remember how much you can learn when you truly hear and respect others.
Do you have something to say or share? I’m listening….
Below are some recommended practices to help cultivate the power of listening: