Step Sixty-Two

In the Moment
Step 62. Today I Will Learn To Listen To Life.
If you are present to the world, you will be able to hear the world. If you are present to life, you will be able to hear life. If you are present to God, you will be able to hear God. If you are present to yourself, you will be able to hear yourself.

Therefore, today practice listening. Upon each hour practice listening to the world around you and the world within. Repeat the affirmation and then practice this. It only takes a moment. You will find that regardless of your circumstances, there will be a way for you to practice this today. Do not let your circumstances dominate you. You can practice within them. You can find a way to practice that does not produce embarrassment or inappropriateness with others. Whether you are alone or engaged with others, you may practice today. Practice upon the hour. Practice listening. Practice being present. To truly listen means that you are not judging. It means that you are observing. Remember, you are developing a faculty of mind that will be necessary for you to be able to give and to receive the greatness of Knowledge.

Practice 62: Hourly practice.

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Here you will find pointers for getting started if this is your first encounter with this practice: Taking the Steps to Knowledge.

January 22, 2012 Round One: Being present is awesome, particularly when I set my mind on not judging. A situation yesterday did not turn out the way I was expecting and hoping. My initial inclination was to feel hurt and annoyed. However, this Step was with me throughout the day, and I kept turning my thoughts to what is asked for here – practicing being present, practicing listening, which in turn helped me to be present to myself and hear myself. So instead of accusations, criticism and judgment, I was able to turn the situation around and find the best possible solution.

September 10, 2014 Round Two: Listening to life and being present to life, being in the here and now are states I wish to cultivate and embrace. It does make a difference when I make a conscious effort to listen and hear rather than wait impatiently for my turn to say something, put in my two cents’ worth. If I listen without judgment, remain alert to what I am hearing on the inside and seeing on the outside, it makes a difference. It makes a difference to my level of joy, level of equilibrium, level of wellbeing. I feel much more at peace with myself and am filled with a sense of contentment that transcends all else.

Today as I practiced listening and practiced being present throughout the day, I was rewarded with a deep feeling of joy and contentment. I heard things that brought a smile to my lips, I became aware of new levels of consciousness. The ascent continues.

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