Destructive beliefs and opinions can lead to destructive behavior. Sometimes, the impulse to change someone's mind is healthy and courageous. But destructive beliefs are often protecting wounded hearts. If we take the time to hear their hearts, we may get the chance to change their minds. It's a start. It's a jumping off place. And it's hard.
There is something powerful about a generous offering. It’s the only form of non-possible love, and is the natural result of a grateful heart. Our volunteers in Ireland Free Listen every Friday. Thank you for dedication, your heart, and your determination.
Yea. What she said.
It's seems like there are plenty of things in this world that can divide us. If we look hard enough, we can always find differences, always find opposition, and always find disagreement. It's easy to do. But, easy isn't always right. It might be harder to believe, but there are powers stronger than our differences, there is still goodness between us. We all want to be loved, want to be heard, and want to be valued. We all know the depths of pain and the heights of joy. We've all been confused, been lost, and stumbled across clarity. We're all in this together. Let's listen.
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.
Truth is a tricky thing. Have you ever met someone who uses truth to damage others. Who justifies relational destruction by saying, I'm just telling the truth. Truth is necessary, beautiful, and real, but it must never outrun love. Love must outrun truth.
Director of Volunteer Listening, @chiaramccarty, and Urban Confessional volunteer @brittbrownmeow holding space at the Flicks for Change Film Festival @flicks4change in Los Angeles. There is always an opportunity to make a difference. A film, a song, a painting. Thank you to the many artists who inspire greatness with their art.
The world is moving quickly. The world is noisy. The world is asking to be heard. Take time to slow down, open up, and listen. It's free, it's restorative, and it's needed. Free Listening.
If you think a cardboard sign can change the world, imagine what a t-shirt can do. What you wear says something about who you are. Be a voice for unity, be a voice for togetherness, be a voice for listening. Link in bio.
Love takes many shapes and has many names. Love in time looks like patience, love in conflict looks like compassion, and love in plenty looks like joy. When we listen, we open ourselves to experience the many shapes and names of love. We also, in turn, offer that love to the person we're listening to. There is no distance between listening and loving. It is a direct path with no barriers.
We all have stories. Stories that shape our lives and remind us of who we are. If these stories are not told, if no one listens to them, we might believe they aren't worth sharing...that WE aren't worth sharing. Don't hold it in. Tell someone your story. Ask them to listen. Your story is beautiful, unique, and shapes the person you are. Tell a friend, tell a stranger, or tell your family. Just don't leave it inside.
How boring the world would be if we all thought the same way. Some of us are lucky to live in a dynamic society where thought is diverse, and opinions are free. We can challenge, change, and argue for and against our beliefs. Sometimes, however, things get personal, and we confuse an opinion with a person. Then we start to treat people based on our opinion of their opinion: If I like what you think, I'll like who you are. This has made us more divided. But we can oppose opinions, oppose thought, oppose belief, and not oppose the person who has the belief. Stand for opinions, stand for beliefs, stand for thought, but first, stand for people.
I know. You're on your phone right now. I am too. But, today, before you connect digitally, before you find out what happening with people across the world, find out what's happening with people in your world. Talk to your friends, listen to your parents, say hello to the stranger next to you. Tell someone you love them, tell someone you miss them, tell someone you're thinking about them. When we connect with others, we open up the possibility of relationship and growth. You may learn something, you may heal something, or you may fall in love. Connect with someone today.
Today, we worked with volunteers at the Water's Edge Home for the elderly. Partnering with Memory Bridge, we brought a Listening presence to people with dementia. If anyone in your life is suffering from a form of dementia, go to the link in our bio and learn how you can better be there for and with them. The senior members of our society are our greatest source of wisdom and inspiration. It's time we listen.
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.