"Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are.” ~Jose Ortega Y Gasset
One of the simplest way to gain mastery in life is by Listening. One of the biggest barriers between us and our success is our eagerness to talk.
Remember, you talk only what you already know. When you listen, you Grow!
Our physiology is built to promote more listening than talking. We have a choice of shutting our lips thereby being silent. However, we can't stop our ears from hearing even if we want to. I believe we are meant to listen more.
While I believe the universe sends us signs to help us grow and flourish, you could also see it it as your higher self—an inner knowing that helps you hear and follow your heart’s calling.
Even if you believe everything is random, you can benefit from listening to the moment instead of getting caught up in your own world. This world is usually the one that exists in your head between your ears.
When you get out of your head and start to live in the present a whole new world will unfold before your eyes.
If you are wondering how you can do this, here are some tips:
1. Consciously and deliberately be grateful for all of the wonderful things in your life.
If you are struggling to think of any, let me jog your memory; be grateful for the water that runs freely out of your tap, the lights that come on when you flick a switch, the freedom you have as you walk out your front door, the food that you have on your table, the bed that you have to sleep in, the technology that makes your life luxurious & an opportunity to read this article.
By doing this, you bring your focus out of your head and to the present moment, where magical things happen all of the time.
2. Be mindful by concentrating fully and intently on the present moment without any form of judgment.
When you enter this space and let go of all thoughts about the past and all thoughts about the future, you are truly living in the moment. This moment in your life is all that is guaranteed. Enjoy it, embrace it, and practice it every day. By doing this, you will be creating the space for messages to enter your consciousness.
3. Have an open mind and don’t shut yourself off to anything.
Become aware of how much you live and experience the world in your head. When you catch yourself thinking about the past or the future, bring your mind back to the present moment, breathe deeply, take in what is happening around you, check in with how you are feeling, be thankful, and keep your mind open.
You won’t know what your intuition is telling you unless you stop to truly listen. This is when life really happens!