Importance of Listening

We all suffer from spiritual narcolepsy. 

As soon as we start feeling really connected, as soon as we think we have it all figured out, life happens (and its usually something pretty minor that sets us off). Just like that, in a matter of seconds, we find ourselves on an island of crazy, looking out across at the spiritual mainland.  Our divine connection, our serenity, suddenly seems dormant.  

So how do we get back?

Well, there are a lot of tools we use to get “re-connected” again with our higher power right?  We meditate. We take vacations. We help others.  We exercise. We spend more time at church. We all have our own tools.  

The tools listed above are great and should be part of everyone’s arsenal, but one of the best solutions for rekindling our divine connection is actually right in front of us.  It’s actually within us.

It’s called listening.

When we really listen, we give our spirit and soul a chance to catch up with our brain.  We give time for divine inspiration and truth to enter our minds and heart. Our shallow, not well-thought out, and often quick ego centric replies, become replaced with more intelligent spirit filled words.  We find wisdom.

When we truly listen, we actually find ourselves not wanting to talk as much.  We lose that automatic response and need to impose our opinions and viewpoints on everyone.  What is between God and us is suddenly enough.  We feel serenity. We feel connected again.


Uhhh…don’t talk as much this week?

Changing big behaviors like this can be extremely difficult.  How you interact in conversation is so “in the moment” and occurs so frequently in your daily life, that unless you break it down into chewable pieces, you will never find change. It will just seem overwhelming, 

It’s similar to working on your golf swing.  You can’t just go to the driving range and “work on your swing”.  You need to go to the range and focus on improving just one element of your swing.  Maybe you focus on just keeping your left arm straight.  There are just too many moving pieces to work on it all at once.

So, maybe this week you focus on just one person and make a commitment to not respond.  Maybe its someone you even have a difficult time listening to…and just listen.

You will discover more serenity and find yourself operating on a much deeper spiritual plane.  Listen to understand this week, rather than just listening to respond.

– Matt

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Matt Miller
Author: Matt Miller

Matt Miller has done many things in his young addition to just surviving. In 2002, Matt left behind person he once was as his life was suddenly changed forever by a horrendous mountain climbing accident. Diving for his falling father, Matt fell over 4,000 feet before miraculously stopping just short of the ragid cliffs. Through a night of survival and pain, Matt persevered but lost most of his fingers and toes as a result from frostbite. Matt does everything from public speaking, one-on-one consulting, firm strategy, as well as company retreat facilitation. With a seasoned investment background and passion for educating the investment world, Matt also can't resist sharing his comments from time to time on markets. Matt is also an avid runner, successfully completing over 10 marathons without his toes! He is 38 and resides in Phoenix, Arizona.

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