Optional Posture Clinic & Meditation Instruction is at 7:00 PM. For this meeting, Emily will share her perspective on the topic of listening mindfully.
"When you listen to someone, you should give up all of your preconceived ideas and your subjective opinions; you should just listen to him, just observe what his way is. We put very little emphasis on right and wrong or good or bad. We just see things as they are with him, and accept them. This is how we communicate with each other. Usually when you listen to some statement, you hear it as a kind of echo of yourself. You are actually listening to your own opinion. If it agrees with your opinion you may accept it, but if it does not, you will reject it or you may not even really hear it." ~Shunryu Suzuki Roshi
Group discussion questions:
- Does it disturb or bother you when you realize that someone is not truly listening to you? If so, why?
- How does it feel to have someone sincerely listen to you?
- When you are listening to others, what is going on inside your own head? Do you think it is easy for you to genuinely hear what others are saying?
- What gets in the way of your ability to listen?