Listening

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 in Blog

A favorite quote of mine:

 “Listen to all the conversations of our world, those between nations as well as those between couples.  They are for the most part “dialogs of the deaf”…..yet no one can find a full life without feeling understood by at least one person. He who would see himself clearly must open up to a confidant, freely chosen and worthy of such trust.”

Paul Tournier

In serving as coauthor/ producer with Michael Higgins of the CBC Ideas series Genius Born of Anguish: The Life and Legacy of Henri Nouwen, Kevin Burns writes:

 Listening to Henri I have learned this:

          If I really want to listen, I need to invite silence so that I can hear what is being said, not only what I want or expect to hear.

           If I really want to listen, I have to slow things down and turn things off, metaphorically, not just literally.

           I’ve learned over and over again that somewhere in all of this is the conviction that to recognize a wound is to take a step in the direction of healing it.

           I’ve also learned that to listen is another form of prayer.