Questioning our perceptions and listening deeply without prejudice or judgment is a very strong practice.
Sometimes we have the impression that someone intentionally wants to make us suffer. Believing this, we can get very angry.
Without much thought that I can remember, I ran back over by Mark and said, "My mom said it's ok for us to play together." He looked up, nodded and then threw a huge tone in the creek that went "kerplunk" quite loudly.
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One of the deepest things we can learn is we should not be too sure of our own ideas. Don’t be fooled by your perceptions. Even if you are sure you are seeing clearly, check again. Keep an open mind. Be ready to let go of your views.
We can only listen to another person and understand their suffering if we have first looked deeply, embraced and been kind to our own fear and anger.
When we're caught in a store of emotions, we can practice to be like the trunk and become still, not carried away by our thinking and emotions.
Gentleness is powerful. When we use gentle and loving speech, we are able to transform all the anger, fear, resentment and suspicion in our communication.
It is important to breathe before speaking in an emotional or tense situation.
This morning, I was at the gym listening to one of my favorite morning political shows and something surprising jumped in my head as I listened to the political hay going back and forth. Lake Winnepesaukee in Meredith, NH - The location of my first role as superintendent I am a bit of a politics … Continue reading A Lesson Learned and Now Shared