Do you have time and space to listen to yourself?

Are you able to take the time to just sit, listen, and be?

Or has it been all about doing, being busy, and getting a lot done? Many people find their worth in production, constant improvement and busy-ness. Busy as a bee, I’m so busy, busy busy busy! There’s so much to DO. Sometimes there can be such a demand on one to prove one’s worth, as if by constantly being in movement, you won’t lose ground. A rolling stone gathers no moss, and so on.

People do need a place to put their energy, to pitch in and feel they have value. It’s important for each of us to have something we feel we can contribute. However, that isn’t the whole story of who you are and why you’re here, not by a long shot.

Remember, just because you are constantly in movement, that doesn’t mean that your energy is also.

You could be going non-stop, and still have energy that is stuck. Ever feel like no matter what you DID, things didn’t move into place for you? You feel like you’re in lots of effort and nothing’s working, it’s all stuck.

Stopping to sit and listen at those times is the very best thing you could do. That is, if you can listen to yourself with compassion and kindness, not self recrimination and criticism. Sometimes we make ourselves very busy so we don’t have to listen to our own critical internal voice. That critical voice may not even be your energy – you might have picked up the habit from others close to you who also are harsh and judgmental on themselves. If all you hear when you stop to listen is everyone else’s warnings, advice, fears, successes, sorrow, instructions… you may never learn the true beauty of your own internal voice.

If you can allow yourself to sit and be, and to let go of that internal critic as you do, you’ll be able to hear the really delightful stuff, the things you’ve been trying to hear. Your spirit has a lot to communicate, as does your body. If you allow your worrying, nagging, critical mind to take over, you’ll have difficulty hearing the rest.

How about taking the time to listen to your own heart? Your truth lies within you, and is unique to you. You can certainly be inspired by what others have to say, or how they are choosing to take action (or not) in their own lives. But it’s when you learn to listen to yourself and to move the blocks out of your way that have made it difficult to hear yourself clearly, that you can understand something about who you are.

Did you know that by simply being who you are, you are also doing? What you are doing is bringing the gift you came here to bring – yourself. Nobody else can do that but you.

©Kris Cahill
‘Rainy Season’ ©Tanakawho

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6 thoughts on “Do you have time and space to listen to yourself?

  1. This is great advice. I will remember this any time I feel too busy. Being busy can be fun, but I also like to just “be” now and again. Thanks for being so thoughtful and wise.

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