Listening as noticing: What listening allows

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By: Laura Peck

LISTENING AS NOTICING

Lately I have been noticing that less effort is getting me better results. I arrive prepared to a design meeting and pay more attention to what’s showing up in the room than to executing on my planned agenda. More flow, more co-creation.

I slip into the pool and find the right pace and sequence for a mile of building strength and technique and interval training.

Two rounds of vacation planning (not that, not that) and a third way appears: a sister's river rafting trip.

I see an announcement for a book reading at Wolfman bookstore in Oakland and I just know I want to be there. (And when a millennial offers me a seat, I just know I want to take her up on it!)

WHAT LISTENING ALLOWS

To truly listen to another person is a high art.

Listening in to what’s workin’ you takes practice.

What might it be to listen to Life, to allow action to arise out of the natural world?

It might require me to set aside my hopes and fears, my desires, my agenda.

It might require me to live in deep acceptance of what is, in the sufficiency of this moment, the sufficiency of life.

It might require me to quiet my busy brain and get off my screens and notice what is happening around me in my home, on my commute, and literally in my own back yard: seasons and light changing.

It might require engaging my senses- observing color and texture and sounds, what’s growing, what’s alive. What if sensations were the gateway to presence?

Engendering a sense of belonging, of place, it might invite kindness to my neighbors, care for my yard, and an awareness of the creatures that inhabit the earth and trees and sky around me.

I might begin to see myself as a vital and interconnected part of the natural world, instead of a self-interested separate individual atom.

It might encourage a little less worrying and planning and a little more noticing, a little less explaining and a little more inquiring, a little less rushing and a little more patience.

RESOURCES: CONTEMPLATION AS INQUIRY

What if all we are ever doing is listening together for what wants to happen?

Other Questions to Explore

  1. What is the conversation we need to be having?

  2. What is the question that if I knew the answer, it would set me free?

  3. What is calling for my care and attention?

  4. What is possible now that was not possible before?

  5. What might it mean to be a steward of this place?

Books to Read:


Listen to silence. It has so much to say.
— Rumi

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