Many spiritual traditions believe that manifestation came out of divine word or primordial sound. This sound is subtle and source of everything you see, touch, hear and feel. This sound is also known as Anahata, Logos, Music of Spheres, Word, Kalma, Sargosha and Holy Spirit. You can’t hear it unless you become quiet. Until chattering of monkey mind is there you can’t hear this sound because it’s actually an anti-sound. As matter has antimatter, sound has anti-sound.
This is an echo. Music of silence. These divine melodies captivate your mind, but you need to become silent to start listening them first. Rich gets richer–so when you become silent, you hear these sounds and as you keep listening to them you start becoming even more serene, peaceful and calm.
Listening Attentively Enriches Your Relations and Life!
In human interactions and relations too, we are not very efficient in communication and understanding because we don’t listen attentively. Communication gap and misunderstandings arise because we have so much to say but so little patience to listen. This keeps snowballing out of proportions and exhausts our relations altogether.
If people start paying attention to each other attentively, relations improve, thinking improves and quality of life improves. When you listen attentively, you start feeling people. You start feeling their pain and joy. This heals and increases sharing and friendship. If wee keep doing this we start becoming more connected to each other and eventually to being.
Martin Heidegger, the great German Philosopher wrote a very interesting book on Hearing and Being. He writes, ‘If you pay attention to what old people have to say, they get less affected by senility and live healthier and happier. If you keep listening to young children they have better mental endowment. If you keep listening to teens they are less rebellious. They need respect and attention and elders are so full of themselves that they rarely stop listen to them attentively and hence conflict.’
Even when it comes to Couples, After the initial romantic phase is over, boredom creeps in. Spouses rarely hear each other out clearly. This results in breakups and divorces.
Attentive listeners become blessed human beings as they are constantly stay in touch with life force. Their relations are profound and they feel grateful to life.
If you have too much mental noise you can’t hear others out. If you are thinking of what to say next, instead of paying close attention to what others have to say, you will miss the point. Zen masters and spiritual gurus press a lot upon mindfulness because it enriches our lives. Mindful listening is key to better relations. Mindful listening is a practice and skill which can improve over time with effort. When you are talking to someone, catch your mind as it distracts towards what you should say next and start focusing on what they have to say and try focusing more on feelings rather than on reason and words. With practice it will improve and you will become more quiet, more fulfilled and more peaceful.
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Anand has a blog called Blabberwockying which you can check out here. He started Blogging with random musings & observations which slowly transformed into a place where he shares his love for life! He is a very spiritual person who loves connecting with people & hearing about their stories which he feels teaches him a lot about life. To learn more about him, do check out his Blog. You can also connect with Anand on Twitter @Blabberwockying & Facebook.com/Blabberwockying.