Listening, observing, finding out how the person experiences what bothers them is what I do as a homeopath. I think I am a good listener, to others, but maybe not so good at listening to myself, hearing myself.
Are We Listening To Ourselves?
For me, sometimes, I am easily swayed or influenced by what other people say to me, or are doing. I need time afterwards to sift through, and process the information and energy of others. As a society, we are bombarded by all sorts of information, almost instantaneously. And from that we often think we need to be doing this or that, feeling this or that, comparing ourselves to others, and ultimately not being in tune with ourselves. We are not listening to our own needs and wants, and who we are as an individual person.
Listening is not just with our ears. It is how we feel, inside. Our gut feeling. Our bodies can tell us a lot: our physical reactions and our emotional responses. These reactions and responses are often autonomic; we go there immediately. Physically, we may get sick (really telling ourselves slow down and listen): our head hurts, our stomach grumbles, a rash breaks out, we breath shallowly, we come down with a cold. Emotionally, we may feel angry, fearful, shameful, irritated, annoyed, impatient, bored, or hurt.
I sometimes think we may need to call ourselves on the phone, so we will actually listen to ourselves. “Hey, Pam, I wanted to tell you this….”
Listening To Ourselves
- this doesn’t feel right to do, or feels right to do – a relationship, a job, an opportunity, an event. This does feel right.
- don’t know what to do further in this creative work, will wait. Now I know what to do!
- this person is doing this activity or has this belief, should I do this or believe this too? Shall I go along with this person or not?
- following a dream, a passion, a trip that you have always wanted to do.
- should I? Shouldn’t I? (Shoulds are usually something to avoid.)
- my body is not feeling right.
- time to rest, even if others are continuing.
- am I reacting?
- what am I feeling?
- the group is doing this, it doesn’t feel right to me.
- even if this person is an expert, I will get another expert’s opinion.
- I am going to be quiet for awhile, so I can hear my voice, listening to what I am saying.
- am I speaking my voice with other people?
- am I speaking and hearing my own voice?
- what does my voice sound like?
- what is my voice saying?
To listen we need to be quiet, taking the time to be with ourselves. Going to a nurturing physical space, and a nurturing space within us. Honoring and respecting what we hear and what we feel. Being with it.
Listening is a muscle that we develop the more we use it. It is a practice. It is healing to listen to ourselves, and to be listened to by others, professionals and/or friends.
Are you listening to yourself?
I invite you to do so. And if I can be of any help regarding listening, and/or with homeopathy, I invite you to contact me here on this blog, or through my website www.homeopathytoheal.com.