September 2011

The Ancient Art of Listening

       Paul Tillich once said "the first duty of love is to listen."  I firmly believe that part of the reason that we listen to others so little these days is because we listen so little to ourselves.  Listening implies there is a process where we are actually trying to understand the message being conveyed.  Hearing, is just, well, hearing.  Listening implies intention and effort, it requires motivation.  Hearing is passive, there is a noise or sound and it