Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Listening



Profundity
I read something the other day that struck me as very profound.
The difference between prayer and meditation is simple.
Prayer is talking to God. Meditation is listening to God.

Listening is not respected in our society. People like to talk, often at the gross exclusion of others who are not as loud or persistent.
Wouldn't it be great if people were proud of their ability to listen, rather than boastful of the clever things they say?
You have two ears, and one mouth. Maybe you should listen twice and speak once.
It is often said that people need to talk more. Could it be that there is too much talk already and that people need to listen more?

TalkTalkTalk, Could this same analogy be extended to singing and dancing? Song is the active, verbal, talking part that compares to prayer. Dance is the more reactive, non verbal practice which could compare to meditation. While this is an imperfect analogy, there are similar points to be made.
Could a yin/yang comparison be made? Is prayer the active yang, while meditation the passive yin?
I read this somewhere on the Internet. I was too slack to "save" the page the statement was on. Therefore, I am unable to give credit for this idea. Suffice to say it is not original.

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