Listening, Silence, Conformity, and Authenticity

In the interest of elucidating active aspects of listening processes (interpreting, evaluating – etc.), I, along with many academics, have neglected the aspect of silence. There were obvious reasons for dispelling the idea that listening meant being silent; this...

Preparing to listen in difficult situations

We all are faced once in a while with situations where it will be difficult for us to listen, and we really need to listen well in many of these situations even if it is hard for us and will take a great deal of effort to do it well. When there is any time available...

Listening and BS (Blame and Shame)

For the past four Sundays this December I have been attending Advent services at at local Boise Anglican congregation, where I have participated in the Eucharist meal, after several years abstaining, returning to again partake in communion.   Something of an...

Being Listening and Transcending Will

I wonder about the capacity for openness and intimacy when listening.  Though I’ve defined listening as the desire to be intimately present to the meaning of another, I readily admit this seems a rare occurrence.  A significant factor is the impediment of will, i.e.,...

Asleep and Listening — Rumi

Try listening to another in a way that Rumi describes below — see if indeed their meanings essences are unleashed — as Bachelard reminds us “An ear that is intent is trying to see.” “Day before yesterday, fire whispered to the fragrant smoke, Aloes wood loves me,...