How to Listen

“When we listen as if we were in a temple and give attention to one another as if each person were our teacher, honoring his or her words as valuable and sacred, all kinds of great possibilities awaken. Even miracles can happen. To act in the world most effectively, our actions cannot come from our small sense of self, our limited identity, our hopes, and our fears. Rather, we must listen to a greater possibility and cultivate actions connected with our highest intentions from the patient and compassionate Buddha within us. We must learn to be in touch with something greater than ourselves, whether we call it the Tao, God, the dharma, or the law of nature. There is a deep current of truth that we can hear. When we listen and act in accordance with this truth, no matter what happens, our actions will be right.”

—Jack Kornfield, from A Path With Heart

Learning to Listen


  1. Having spent much time with Jack myself…as I used to live 20 mins. from Spirit Rock in Woodacre…I can tell you that I have learned many, many valuable lessons from him. And this is at the top of my list of lessons learned. It is SO true too! I practice this myself. This morning I had an appoinment with a woman who talked with me for two hours and my eyes never left her eyes. It is a VERY important practice….to focus on who you are speaking to..make them the most important thing in the world. What a great blog topic for the day!
    Namaste~and Thank You!

  2. Great post!
    At yoga school, KYM, one of the teachers told us to listen as if the universe is listening: not nodding, not internalizing, simply hearing what our students are saying, so we can help without our own stuff getting in the way…
    Same lesson in different words methinks!

  3. Guess what? Your blog is amazing! I can’t remember when was the last time i’ve overcome such a good blog that almost all articles/posts were interesting and wouldn’t regret spending my time reading it. I hope you will keep up the great work you are doing here and i can enjoy my everyday read at your blog.

  4. I’m happy that this quote found another appreciative home; and thank you for the generous crediting link back to Learning To Listen’s website – it’s much appreciated. Thank you for sharing your many gifts and work with this world.

    And of course, thank you for listening,

    Learning To Listen Yoga & Meditation Collective

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