John Francis stopped speaking for seventeen years so he could expand his listening skills.
To begin with he decided to stop speaking for one day.
At the end of the day he was aware he’d never really listened before so he decided to continue for another day, and then another, until seventeen years passed.
He also decided to stop traveling in motorized vehicles to communicate his conviction that motorized vehicles were harming the environment. I don’t need to tell you his story, you can hear it from him in this TED talk he gives.
What I found most moving was his discovery over many years that the environment is not just the space and material around us but is equally the space and material that we are. He says,
“We are the environment. How we treat each other is how we treat the environment.”
Watch and listen.
I’m taking a break from blogging.
At first I felt concerned about my growing need to distance from the computer and online interaction and then I relaxed and thought, how about trusting what I need.
I’m not going to stop talking for seventeen years, but I do need to spend more time listening right now.
In a few days I’ll share an introduction to my forthcoming digital book A Call to Listen: How to Start an Inner Revolution (it is beautiful and heartful and you won’t want to miss being on the mailing list to know when it is released!) and then radio silence for awhile.
Possibly I’ll send some little notes and thoughts along to my email subscribers, or not. We’ll see.
If you want to stay connected with me consider scheduling a Healing Heart Session. They make a good antidote to possible holiday stress and also make a lovely holiday present for you or someone you love.