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How do I listen?

When I began to look for a poem today, I chose one by Hafiz. It reminds me of the following Buddhist proverb:

How do I listen? The question is eloquent, as it does not have a fixed and expected answer. It suggests being present and mindful as another person speaks and as the universe speaks to me. Hafiz counsels me to treat what the other says as a gift to be cherished as the last words of a Master.

It is when I listen that the teacher appears. I am ready for the teachings of the Other. Emmanuel Levinas capitalized other to point out an unconditional responsibility for the Other. How I listen reveres the Other, who is my teacher in that moment.

How

Do I

Listen to Others?

As if everyone were my Master

Speaking to me

His

Cherished

Last

Words.

 

 

 

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About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and spent the last 14 years teaching in an incrediable hybrid school setting. My dissertation topic and research were how teachers experience becoming who teachers, as human subjects. For me, teaching is a calling and vocation that allows me to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what will call me. We have begun a small consulting and leadership firm called Rocky River Leadership & Consulting Ltd.

15 responses »

  1. Hard to listen as true observer without judgment or bias.

    A Clarity emerges when we can let go of Ego ‘I’ And others needs appear

    Being present and empty of thought uncovers the teacher, sometimes inside ourself.

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  2. Many things can be a ‘teacher’, giving a lesson needed for the moment or for a lifetime.
    Thank you Ivon for reminding us of Buddha’s great teaching

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  3. A profound poem. If only we could all practice it all the time. Thank you for sharing and reminding us to keep learning. ☺

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  4. Beautiful reminder, Ivon. I find that nature, too, teaches us provided we are able to listen.

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  5. Truly listening is just about the most difficult thing to do. So much noise from within and without. How does one quiet these intrusions so they can really hear!

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