Daily Angel Oracle Card, from the Psychic Tarot For The Heart Oracle Card deck, by John Holland: Listen
Listen ~ Key Words: “See, hear, sense, quiet, intuition, knowing.”
“Take a moment to quiet your mental chatter and listen. In relationships, it is important to pay attention to what the other person is really saying. Too often in conversations, you are already planning what you are going to say while the other person is still talking. You make assumptions about where the conversation is going and plan your part of the conversation accordingly, even working the conversation to a desired outcome! When this happens, you do not truly “hear” what the other person said, and in doing so, you were not present for the person.
Listening starts with becoming quiet, centered, and totally present. Listening involves many senses. Use your eyes to see the body language of the other person. Use your ears to hear not only the words spoken but also the tone used to express them. Use your intuition to get a sense of what the person is really saying and feeling. Intuition often helps you hear what is not said as well as what is said. This is crucial to understanding the person or situation.
Understanding is essential to improving the relationship or situation. Remember once again to center yourself and use ll of your senses to understand what is actually being communicated.
Listening is a gift. Give this gift to your partner, parents, children, friends, co-workers, pets and anyone you meet. Most important, give this gift to yourself. Tune in to your ind, body, and soul. Are you listening? What do you hear?
I honor myself by being present and
truly listening to the messages I hear.”
Traditional tarot archetype: High Priestess.*
There is nothing more powerful in a relationship than giving someone your undivided attention; particularly while hearing them out. As the card says, if you are paying attention, you will be using all of your senses to truly understand where this person is coming from; how they are feeling and what level their emotions are at. This is a gift to a loved one; helping a child or elderly person to feel special while also increasing their confidence and self esteem. It’s the easiest gift in the world to give, yet in a world of technology it takes incredible mindfulness to remember to do so.
How many times have you been to a coffee shop, restaurant, or playground only to see all the people over the age of about 8 bent over their cell phone, mp3 player, tablet or lap top? How many times have you witnessed someone; a child, parent or partner usually; trying to get the attention of someone who is too busy texting or answering an email to stop for a few minutes and listen to what they have to say? How many times have you been that person – the one who is too absorbed in technology, or the flip side; the one who is yearning to be heard?
This is a message that sometimes we need to resort to the old fashioned… arrange some one-on-one time with your child, partner, spouse, parent, or friend. Look into their eyes; and truly see them. Listen to what they have to say; really hear them. Be in the moment, knowing that this undivided attention is one of the most valuable gifts you can give someone you care about or love; plus, you might actually learn something! Perspective is everything, time is valuable and love and friendship are always better expressed in person. Smiley face.