After yesterday’s post, I received 5 emails from readers who said ” I don’t have any art to make”. This was sad and telling.
I am told, by my beloved, that I can exhibit ‘selective hearing’ – only being aware of what I want to hear. This can be rude and hurtful if done with other people but may be helpful if you can hone it for conversations you are having with yourself.
What if my heart was screaming “say something, do something, this isn’t right” and I tuned out the voice? If the gift of fear was warning me to “stay away from this scheme” and I ignored it, the consequences might be serious. “You are remarkable” comes into my head and I deny it. ” Bob, try again” is the encouragement I ignore.
It is tricky business selecting which of my voices I should honor and trust and which are the voices of procrastination, dishonesty, anxiety. How do I know it is anticipation speaking and not naivete?
Lewis Smedes says “Seeing reality for what it is is what we call discernment. The work of discernment is very hard.” It is hard given the judgments of the world. Unless I can discern, I cannot be certain I am acting in the highest and best manner. “However, when I feel aware, expanded and full of love, I must be doing something right (and conversely, when I feel bored, impatient and regretful I am not listening to the highest voice).”~ Sal Rachelle
Discernment is an act of awareness, whereas judgment as an act of ego. Practicing discernment is like everything else and contrary to the adage it doesn’t simply make it perfect. Practice only makes permanent, if there isn’t reflection and accountability. Doing this practice alone is possible but can be earned and learned more easily and more quickly with a coach. I know that I have been assisted by the wisdom, challenge and accountability of a formal coach and my clients have added remarkable value and insights to their lives through feedback, accountability, courageous goals, tension and some systems thinking.
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Make Today Remarkable, by being aware rather than judgmental,
5 thoughts on “Turning a Deaf Ear”
I love this line: “Discernment is an act of awareness, whereas judgment as an act of ego.” Not that ego is bad, it helps us in many situations and only hurts us when wounded, really. But what you have stated is truth. Discernment is intentional whereas judgement is reaction. It’s a very important distinction and that judgment in and of itself is a very important messages one of those voices is trying to tell you via an urge to judge. Excellent post. Thank you so much.
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