The Art of listening

I love the sea, I love its scent, its noise, its majesty, its freedom. I love being silent with my eyes closed listening to it, feeling its  powerful energy.

Have you ever walked by the sea and all of a sudden you got overwhelm by a wave? It happened to me .. because the sea is like this, first it is calm, it welcomes you, it reassures you and then it happens that a very high wave arrives. 

But we are sure that the sea has not given us any signals, we are sure that deep down somewhere there was not the principle of that wave that, if we had looked a little further, and if we had listened more deeply we would have seen and perhaps we would have the time to not get wet from head to toe?

To me, that I like always to find the connections with what happens in Nature and what happens to “us” as elements of Nature even if we often forget it … it makes me think that this is what happens when we do not listen to ourselves, yes, because our body, our mind, and our soul also give us continuous signals, and that is the compass of what happens inside us …

How many times have you ever said: “it’s just a headache”, “it’s just a stomach ache”, “I can not sleep because today at work it was a busy day” or maybe “My breath is a little shorter”.

And if  is our body that asks for more attention?

And if we do not listen to the signals that our body sends us, maybe to say “hey it will not be the case to slow down”, what could happen?

It happens that time passes and that voice becomes a scream … to be just a sign of something wrong, if we continue to ignore it then, as powerful as that wave breaking on the rocks, comes “something” much more intense that forces us to stop. So it obliges us to take care of us, to stay with us, to stop and understand what’s wrong.

But how do we listen to it, to hear it before something bigger happens?

Listening to our inner voice, or inner wisdom, it can only happen if our mind is silent and uncluttered.

How do you practice inner silence?

I have heard many times say that if one has “too much to do” it is not possible, and nowadays, we all have that “too much to do”.

I am convinced that it is also possible to learn the art of listening in this rushing life, slowing down for a moment, and focusing on our most real and deeper part from where it can emerge, not only great intuitions and ideas that are based on a true, ancient and wise knowledge but also where that space is created to “feel ourselves”.

Then there are those who ask me “but do I have to meditate?” … the point is not the act itself of “meditating” but the important thing is “what happens” in that space … and what happens is “feeling” “And if I” feel “then I can listen” …

The teachings of Buddhist philosophy take us back to “The Buddha exhorted his disciples to take their own body and mind as an object of meditation.”

An object frequently used, for example, is the sensation associated with inhalation and exhalation during the natural respiratory process.

Sitting in silence paying attention to the breath leads, over time, to the development of clarity and calm.

In this state of mind it is possible to discern more clearly tensions, expectations, and dissolve them with the exercise of an intense and delicate discovery at the same time.

“The Buddha has also taught that it is possible to sustain meditation during daily activity, and not only when sitting still in a certain place. Attention can be drawn to the movement of the body, to the physical sensations, or to the flow of thoughts and feelings that alternate in the mind. “This dynamic attention is defined as ‘presence’, or awareness.

And then we could make an attempt, slow down, and grant us the precious gift of observing, feeling, taking care of ourselves and learning the art of listening to that “sea”, that infinite and silent space that is within us …

So, have a good listening!