This is @dapotieri from @playbacknigeria leading a Free Listening experience in England. The need to be heard does not end where boarders do. The power of listening transcends cultures, races, and gender to bring unity and compassion to all who need it.
On this week's episode of the Urban Confessional @heardpod, we speak with 3 Star Lt Gen Jerry Boykin about his 36 years in the military. As an original member of Delta Force, Commander of the Green Berets, and Deputy Secretary of the CIA, he has a lot to talk about. But, it's his position on Listening that helps him keep an open mind. As a conservative evangelical Christian, he is often challenged and often changes his mind. It's the power of Listening, the power of thinking, and the power of civil discourse. DO NOT miss this interview. Link in bio.
If we're not careful, we'll believe that differences define us. We'll talk about each other in terms of how we're not alike. We'll use language that separates us to identify ourselves. What if we defined who we are based on how we're alike, on the things that bring us together. Our differences are beautiful and help shape our uniqueness, but they're built on a foundation of togetherness and unity. We're all human, we all want to be loved, we all have dreams and fears. We're all in this together.
The world is loud. The world is in a hurry. The world is disconnected. The world is trapped in disagreement. But it doesn't have to stay this way. We can stand together. We can declare a new truth. We can heal the division, bridge the gaps, and bring the world together. We can do this. All of us can do this. The world needs to be heard. We got this. We can make it happen. Join us.
Our volunteers in Nigeria are dedicated to listening to their community. Across cultures, religions, and geography, the need is the same. We all want to be heard. We all want to be loved. We all want to belong.
Maybe if more teachers, executives, clergy, managers...maybe if everyone had a Free Listening sign on their desk this world would be a little quieter, a little more patient, and a little more respectful. Thank you @richardvg03 for setting the example. You're 7th grade classroom will certainly be a special place.
As we find ourselves in a world of opposing voices, it's important that your listening includes your own voice. You may not always like what you have to say, but it's important to listen. If your listening does not include yourself, it is incomplete.
This is what it looks like when we listen to each other. Yesterday, @diedralh led a group in North Hollywood. They stood for hours as strangers became neighbors, passersby became conversations, and individuals became a community. This is what it takes. This is what is possible. All you need to do is listen.
New Blog. And then there was Charlottesville. It's easy to react. It's easy to be silent. It's easy to hate the hateful. It's easy to stop listening. Look where that's taken us. The recent events in Charlottesville (and many other places), are forcing us to ask some difficult questions and seek some difficult wisdom. But, if we want humanity to become something it’s never become, we’re going to have to do something we’ve never done. Something we’re not good at, something messy, something difficult. This is not a new idea, but it's a hard one. Link in bio.
Peace cannot kept by by force; it can only be achieved by understanding. Albert Einstein. True understand is gained when we listen deeply to the other person. When we open our hearts to be known, to be effected, and to be loved we gain an understanding only the listening will hear. Understanding is possible. Listening is possible. Peace is possible.
The heart of relationship is listening. When we make ourselves available to the mystery of the other person, we stop controlling, we stop manipulating, and we start accepting them just as they are. This is the posture of availability that Free Listening guides us into. It's beautiful. It's listening. It's love. It's free.
Listening to someone is an act of loving someone. When we offer our attention to another person, we offer the fullness of our presence. This is love. And for most people, they cannot tell the difference.
So much is seen in a smile. When someone is heard, their heart is put at ease, their mind is at rest, and their spirit is full. Listening brings us closer to people, and as we get closer, our heart smiles. When the heart is heard, it smiles.
On this week's Heard Podcast @heardpod: As CEO of the Capital Region of the Red Cross, Linda Mathes has seen the darkest of human tragedies. But, she has also seen the beauty in the human response. Whenever there is darkness, the light is responding. How does she deal with everything she experiences: she wants to feel it all. In this interview, @redcrossncr CEO Linda Mathes opens up about leadership, service, and gives us ways to change the world. Seriously, do not miss the wisdom she shares in the podcast. Link in bio.
There is less distance between hearts than between minds. When we listen, we become available to the heart of the other person. Don't be seduced into an argument with their mind. Instead, reveal in the beauty of their heart. In disagreement, if we can hear their story, their experience, and their struggle we become connected in a way that allows us to hear their humanity. This is how we will navigate through these very difficult times. Hear the person, not just the opinion.