Listen

Listen

Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you. Before you tell your life what truths and values you have decided to live up to, let your life tell you what truths you embody, what values you represent. Parker...
Think of All the People You Have Known

Think of All the People You Have Known

Think of all the people you have known, who have occupied the space in front of you. Look for evidence that they were ever there, and mostly there is none – only from those who scarred you, like your children, like the lover who knocked you down, like your...
On Contradictory Truths

On Contradictory Truths

“One of the most valuable lessons of my life has been to understand that one truth does not cross out another, contradictory truth. We have the capacity to hold opposing truths in one hand.” Cheryl...
To Listen Generously

To Listen Generously

“Generous listening is powered by curiosity, a virtue we can invite and nurture in ourselves to render it instinctive. It involves a kind of vulnerability—a willingness to be surprised, to let go of assumptions and take in ambiguity. The listener wants to understand...
Everything Is Waiting For You

Everything Is Waiting For You

Your great mistake is to act the drama as if you were alone. As if life were a progressive and cunning crime with no witness to the tiny hidden transgressions. To feel abandoned is to deny the intimacy of your surroundings. Surely, even you, at times, have felt the...
On Awareness

On Awareness

By keeping a diary of what made me happy I had discovered that happiness came when I was most widely aware. So I had finally come to the conclusion that my task was to become more and more aware, more and more understanding with an understanding that was not at all...