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The Gift of Being Listened To


In the Guided Imagery retreat, one of the greatest graces in the daily spiritual direction with your guide besides the times of your guided imagery when your guide is writing down all that you say and is able to go over it with you before you leave to write it up. To have someone really listen to you is a gift. 

John Fox says it better than I can in a poem from "Finding What You Didn't Lose":

"When someone deeply listens to you
it is like holding out a dented cup
you've had since childhood
and watching it fill up with cold, fresh water.
When it balances on top of the brim,
you are understood.
When it overflows and touches your skin
you are loved.

When someone deeply listens to you,
the room where you stay
starts a new life
and the place where you wrote
your first poem
begins to flow in your mind's eye.
It is as if gold has been discovered!

When someone deeply listens to you,
your bare feet are on the earth
and a beloved land that seemed distant
is now at home within you."

God listens deeply to each of us!