Dear Spirit to Spirit friend,
Wisdom from Eckhart Tolle, from his book "Stillness Speaks." A beautiful way to meet self, another, the animals of our world- and Nature herself.
"Most human interactions are confined to the exchange of words- the realm of thought. It is essential to bring some stillness, particularly into your close relationships.
No relationship can thrive without the sense of spaciousness that comes with stillness.
Stillness cannot and need not be created. Just be receptive to the stillness that is already there, but is usually obscured by mental noise.
If spacious stillness is missing, the relationship will be dominated by the mind and can easily be taken over by problems or conflict. If stillness is there, it can contain anything.
True listening is another way of bringing stillness into the relationship. When you truly listen to someone, the dimension of stillness arises and becomes an essential part of the relationship.
Far more important than what you are listening to is the act of listening itself, the space of conscious presence that arises as you listen. That space is a unifying field of awareness in which you meet the other person without the separative barriers created by conceptual thinking.
And now the other person is no longer "other." In that space, you are joined together as one awareness, one consciousness."
In Gratitude & Love, Joanna