Sunday, August 03, 2008

The Art of Listening

A friend loaned me a CD some time ago, and I was (am) about to give it back to her, not having had time to fully listened to it yet, but I think I should only keep people's property so long lest it thinks it actually belongs in my house. At any rate, I was looking it over and the following quote by J. Krishnamurti gave me something to think about, and something I needed to hear, so I thought I'd share it with you.

"There is an art of listening. To be able really to listen, one should abandon or put aside all prejudices, preformulations and daily activities... But unfotunately most of us listen through a screen of resistance. We are screened with prejudices, whether religious or spiritual, psychological or scientific; or with our daily worries, desires and fears. And with these for a screen, we listen. Therefore we listen really to our own noise, to our own sound, not to what is being said. It is extremely difficult to put aside our training, our prejudices, our inclination our resistance, and, reaching beyond the verbal expression, to listen so that we understand instantaneously."

Something to think about, isn't it?