“The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.”

I am generally a person who is not at a loss for words. I talk a lot. I write a lot. I think out loud. I am, perhaps, not very quiet. I jump into conversations and can dominate conversations. I have amazing points that I know I need to get across because I know that others need to hear my perspective and my wisdom. (Okay, so I’m exaggerating a wee bit…)

But I have learned to be quieter more often, and it is amazing. Because when I stop taking up much of the space in a conversation (or situation), I truly hear so much more. I give others space to speak up and to share their ideas and perspective. I hear and learn so much more. Things I never knew and never understood and things I never knew I never knew or understood.

This is also true of the sometimes endless chatter in my head. I can get caught in thinking loops that don’t help me but that don’t end. I can think too much, too often, too “loudly.” But I’ve been working on that one too. I have strengthened my meditation practice, consistently meditating for at least 20 minutes nearly every day, and the stronger that has become, the quieter my mind has become, the more I am able to “hear” from the universe. I am able to see more clearly. I get less caught in my own perspectives and less hung up by some of the crazy thoughts that circulate in my mind.

I am playing each day with becoming quieter and quieter. I am reminding myself most moments to listen more than I speak or think. I am hearing so much more.

How have you learned to hear more by being quieter?
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