February 1, 2014: Being Set

Sometimes when humans are all set, it’s hard for us to really listen.

For example, when we’re all decided about something (we’re a political conservative or a liberal, religious or not, etc.), that decision tends to become the filter through which our attention works. Sometimes that’s a good thing, sometimes it isn’t. Clarity is a powerful feeling, but it is not the only state of attention. After all, clarity is not necessarily the same as wisdom.

Bonus Round?:
Everything is the great communicator, not just some things. Maybe clarity has to be set aside on occasion in favor of being empty—perhaps the best state to really listen.

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