Part of this blog is from a post I wrote several years ago. I wanted to share it again. I have been hearing a lot about listening to ourselves, especially during the times we are going through.
Listening, observing, witnessing, 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 continually. 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 may not be listening to our own needs and wants, and who we are as an individual person.
Listening is not just with our ears. It is what we sense about ourselves and around us, and how we feel, inside. Our gut feeling.
Our bodies can tell us a lot of how we are reacting to a situation. Our thoughts tell us too. These reactions, responses and thoughts are often autonomic. We go to them immediately. Physically, we may get sick, which is a way of telling ourselves to slow down, to pause, to rest and to listen. Our head hurts. Our stomach grumbles and hurts. Our digestion may be off. A rash breaks out. We breath shallowly, maybe panting. Our heart beats faster. Our hands get sweaty. come down with a cold. We are not sleeping well. Emotionally, we may feel angry, fearful, shamed, irritated, annoyed, impatient, bored, unsettled or hurt. Mentally, we may have persistent thoughts that could be negative, almost looping around and around and around.
I sometimes think we may need to call ourselves on the phone, so we will actually listen to ourselves.
“Hey, Pam, I want to tell you this….”
Listening To Ourselves
- What am I feeling?
- This doesn’t feel right to do or feels right to do – about a relationship, a job, an opportunity, an event.
- Don’t know what to do further in this creative work, will wait. Now I know what to do! Took the time to listen.
- This person is doing this activity or has this belief. Is this something I want to do or believe in? Shall I go along with this person or not?
- Following a dream, a passion, a trip that you have always wanted to take.
- Should I? Shouldn’t I? (Shoulds are usually something to avoid.)
- My body is not feeling right. What is my body telling me?
- Time to rest, even if others are continuing.
- Am I reacting?
- 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?
Listening To Me
I do artwork. I have done artwork off and on for most of my life. When I talk about the process of doing art work, I say that I listen to the piece that I am working on, almost as if the piece is telling me what to do next, what color to use, what line to draw and more. When I think (I am pointing to my head) of what to do, it doesn’t work. When I let the art work tell me, it works. It is a feeling or sense to do this ________. Is this the art telling, or me telling me? Whatever it is, it is listening to that.
A Video With Oprah Winfrey And Iyanla Vanzant
Below is a video of a conversation between Oprah Winfrey and Iyanla Vanzant from the program SuperSoul Sunday. They talked about pausing, staying present, and using your own spiritual GPS, instead of doing what we always do. The video is about 1:36 minutes long. Enjoy.
Homeopathy To Heal
When I work with a patient, I am witnessing what is bothering them. I often say, that the patient and I are witnessing them together. Witnessing is listening. I am listening to the patient. And the patient is listening to themselves.
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