Welcome to the third day of our seven-day practice in which we expand our capacity to listen. We invite you to close your eyes and take one or two slow, deep breaths. Read the practice below and carry the invitation with you through your day. You may find it meaningful to explore the practice in the moment, and we encourage you to integrate it into your daily life as you explore the question: What happens when I make myself fully available to listen within and around me?
“Listen to your heart and trust the direction you are being pulled.
Something inside you already knows what to do.”
~ Spring Washam
Moving through your day with the whole-bodied receptivity cultivated in the previous days of practice, notice what arises for you: What questions, thoughts, emotions, and ideas surface? Notice how you react to particular situations. Do you feel pulled or moved – physically or emotionally – in any particular direction? Honor these inward responses as calls of the heart.
To tap in more deeply, you might place your hand on your heart and tune in to its vibration. Listening to the life around you, listen to the life within you. Listen to and with your heart. What truths do you hear? How might the voicing of your heart be a source of inner guidance as you navigate the world?
Deepening the Practice
Parker Palmer has spent decades exploring what it means to listen to our own hearts and be guided by what we hear – as a pathway to discerning what we are called to do in the world and how to live a wholehearted life. Enjoy Maria Popova’s beautiful exploration of Parker Palmer’s call to listen to our own hearts.
Should you be inspired, please leave a reflection below…
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This is a new thought. Listen to my life tell me how to live. So many times it seems my intuition says one thing, then life throws something totally different at me. Reconciling the two is not easy. I will keep trying.
There is a really good book called Heart-Minded by Sarah Blondin. The subtitle is How to Hold Yourself and Others in Love. It’s a treasury of meditations for living from your heart. This practice reminds me of that book.
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