Thich Nhat Hanh’s take on Deep Listening resonates with me because he so eloquently describes, and puts a label on something, that I have experienced through nature, animals and Reiki.
The COVID-19 Pandemic made me realise that I could practise Deep Listening more in my daily life.
I listen to the troubles of others and I want to jump in and help them ‘fix’ it.
I often forget to be wholly present and in the moment – a place that is free from judgement and free from offering immediate advice.
It is often with the people closest to me (i.e. my husband, children, and mother) that I practise Deep Listening the least.
Perhaps its because they are so close to me that I find it hard to say nothing.
We are often taught as parents to repeat what our young children say to us to show them that we are in fact listening!
However, I realise now that more often than not, being silent (but fully present and aware), is exactly what is needed.
They just want to talk and need me to simply listen.
The passage below taken from the classic novel, Siddhartha (written by Herman Hesse), describes so completely how Deep Listening can relieve a person’s suffering:
Nature and animals 'deep listen' all the time.
No words are ever spoken.
That’s why taking a walk in nature or being with your pet is so healing.
You can let out all your words, thoughts and emotions without fear of judgement or repercussion.
Nature and animals simply listen. They have their own way of communicating and much of it is intuitive and energy-based.
Deep Listening and Reiki
Deep Listening happens so effortlessly through Reiki.
It involves a subtle communication that doesn’t happen through words yet the results are the same – suffering is alleviated in some way so that the person feels wholly ‘listened’ to and lighter than before.
In the video below I explain how this is so.
I’ll leave you with this quote by Gabriel García Márquez which I believe explains the main cause of unrest in this world and hopefully, by following Thich Nhat Hanh’s example, we can do our bit to bring in more peace.
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