If I still my thoughts, I may hear sounds I had previously ignored—the hum of a refrigerator, a car passing by, the ticking of a clock, or laughter from a child. My awareness grows as I pay attention to the present moment.
Hearing and listening are not exactly the same. I hear the birds as they carry on their conversations with each other. I listen carefully to another person expressing thoughts and feelings. I interact with them as I grow to understand them better. I am not listening to respond with my own story, but rather to connect with them in a spirit of compassion and understanding.
I listen to the ideas that come to me from Spirit in meditation and prayer. I recognize the inner knowing of Spirit and follow the guidance I receive.
For God alone my soul waits in silence.—Psalm 62:1