It’s time for another installment of my bi-weekly email series. In each issue, I share three resources that I have found to be helpful for myself and/or my clients. As a former librarian and a current voracious gatherer of helpful information, I’m constantly listening to podcasts, reading books and articles, and watching various videos that spark my interest.
October 9th would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday. Despite being murdered 30 years ago, his words and music still have a great influence on people all over the world. This podcast, Hearing Voices, offers this episode as their public-radio party, memorial and celebration of John Lennon’s life. Listen to John and others speak in their own words about his life and his impact which still moves us today.
“…we must honor that listening is a personal pilgrimage that takes time and a willingness to circle back. With each trouble that stalls us and each wonder that lifts us, we are asked to put down our conclusions and feel and think anew. Unpredictable as life itself, the practice of listening is one of the most mysterious, luminous, and challenging art forms on Earth. Each of us is by turns a novice and a master, until the next difficulty or joy undoes us.”
Mark Nepo started writing “Seven Thousand Ways to Listen: Staying Close to What is Sacred” before he realized that his hearing was breaking down. When we are consciously or unconsciously listening to our soul, we can provide our own best medicine. I highly recommend this book. Nepo claims that there are 7,000 known languages spoken in the world today. In truth, there are at least 7 billion as we each have our own unique dialect that we speak every day. When we are deep listeners we immediately become instantaneous translators because we are listening not only with our ears but with our hearts as well. Enjoy this book and enjoy all the new languages you’ll learn simply by deeply listening.
I was in my car listening to the TED radio hour and heard Dixon Chibanda talking about his program, The Friendship Bench and its success in saving lives and improving mental health around the world. Chibanda trains grandmothers to listen to people using the skills of evidence-based psychotherapy. The response has been phenomenal. It reaffirms for me the healing power of a listening and loving heart. Imagine knowing that in the midst of your suffering there would be a skilled and loving grandmother who would listen to your troubles and help you find your way again.
Thanks for taking the time to read this newsletter. If any of these resources elicited any thoughts or feelings that you’d like to share with me, please contact me. If you like these emails, feel free to share them with other coaches, friends, clients and people walking the transformational path.
See you again in two weeks,