This morning I was moved by an article written by Cielle Backstrom. Cielle’s article is about compassionate listening, and makes clear that the powerful dynamic of sharing and feeling heard does not even require that we speak the same language.
This says to me that we don’t have to intellectually grasp the logical content of what is being expressed. So much of the power of the dynamic is simply that other beings are there with us, doing their utmost to hold a context of open-hearted love and acceptance for whatever we have to say.
We attempt to put into a few honest words what we are feeling in the moment. We try to say it clearly but know even as we do that the words don’t quite say it. We’re talking about something beyond words—about what it is to BE, and be human. That’s what we all experience—each in our unique way—in this field of wonder and positive regard. In this way we add ourselves to one another, a little at a time, each recognizing and accepting a bit more of all that we are.
Art and Practice
Don Freas is an artist, writer, and poet in Olympia, Washington.