Often our listening is at the surface of things - we hear what we want to hear. This practice of deep listening is what allows us to become aware of the patterns and shadows of our life. Deep listening is a disciplined mind and attentive. Deep listening is seeing that our emotions and our thoughts are not who we are. Deep listening leads to a liberated spirit.
Questions for reflection
- What does deep listening mean to you?
- Have you ever had an experience where you felt as if God or another person listened to you in a way that seemed extraordinary? Describe it. What do you attribute your feelings of being heard to?
- What barriers do you sense when you try to listen deeply to another person? What helps you to move past those barriers?
- Think of a time when you listened deeply to God speaking to you. What helped you to listen? What barriers to deep listening did you experience?
- Do you have any advice for someone who wants to listen to God, but has more experience with talking to Him, or maybe even feeling as if God isn't available?
- Do you have any concerns or reticence about considering deep listening as a spiritual practice? What are they?