Communication

 

Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?

Henry David Thoreau

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.

The Dalai Lama

You are always connected to Source.

Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.

Rumi

I am constantly talking with you.

Rumi

Writing is a spiritual path. It helps you listen to your heart, trust your inner guidance, and live your life full-out.

Robert Holden

Until you listen to both sides, you only get half the story.

Annie Zalezsak, May 24, 2013

The word LISTEN contains the same letters as the word SILENT.

Alfred Brendel

I felt it shelter to speak to you.

Emily Dickinson

We say to others only what we need to hear ourselves.

Byron Katie

To know how to say what others only know how to think is what makes men poets or sages; and to dare to say what others only dare to think is what makes men martyrs or reformers – or both.

Elizabeth Charles (1828-96) British Writer

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

Maya Angelou

I want to surrender to the feelings and shapes of words and not stop until I am clearly heard by myself and my God.

Danielle LaPorte

If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive.

Barry Lopez

Until you can say what is most difficult for you to say, you cannot speak from your heart, live unafraid, create health, or receive support from others.

Gary Zukav

And no one will listen to us until we listen to ourselves.

Marianne Williamson

A language is not just words. It's a culture, a tradition, a unification of a community, a whole history that creates what a community is. It's all embodied in a language.

Noam Chomsky

Don’t appear so scholarly, pray. Humanize your talk, and speak to be understood.

Moliere

Language creates reality. Words have power. Speak always to create joy.

Deepak Chopra

The word is not just a sound or a written symbol. The word is a force; it is the power you have to express and communicate, to think, and thereby to create the events in your life.

don Miguel Ruiz

A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.

Maya Angelou

To get your ideas across use small words, big ideas, and short sentences.

John Henry Patterson

I wanted to be a non-fiction writer, until I realized: it’s ALL fiction.

Annie Zalezsak (4 March 2004)

Open your mind, allow your feelings to be expressed, to be pushed out, and your heart will neither break nor burst, but be a free-flowing channel of the life energy in your soul.

Neale Donald Walsch

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.

Aldous Huxley

… it doesn’t matter if you can’t get a cell phone signal or Wi-Fi where you are. You are always connected to Source.

Neale Donald Walsch

Each and every component that makes up your life experience is drawn to you by the powerful Law of Attraction's response to the thoughts you think and the story you tell about your life. Your money and financial assets; your body's state of wellness, clarity, flexibility, size, and shape; your work environment, how you are treated, work satisfaction, and rewards – indeed, the very happiness of your life experience in general – is all happening because of the story that you tell.

Abraham-Hicks, from Money, and the Law of Attraction: Learning to Attract Wealth, Health, and Happiness

Listen a hundred times; ponder a thousand times; speak once.

Turkish Proverb (see more Turkish proverbs)

Nothing lowers the level of conversation more than raising the voice.

Stanley Horowitz

Try in thine own experience, each; that ye speak not for one whole day unkindly of any; that ye say not a harsh word to any, about any; and see what [such] a day would bring to you…

Edgar Cayce Reading 262-106

To get your ideas across use small words, big ideas, and short sentences.

John Henry Patterson

“Can the teacher recognize insincerity in an inquirer?”

“Instantly. The pretentious inquirer gives himself away in dozens of ways of which he is unaware. They include chattering instead of listening, a nervous need to interrupt, a veiled facial expression of contempt when told the truth, a wish to argue, an attempt to flatter the teacher.”

The Daily Guru

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.

William Arthur Ward

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929-1968) American civil rights leader

I praise loudly; I blame softly.

Catherine the Second (1729-1796) Russian Empress

The aim of an argument or discussion should not be victory, but progress.

Joseph Joubert

True listening brings us in touch even with that which is unsaid and unsayable.

from Anam Cara, Spiritual Wisdom from the Celtic World (p98), by John O’Donohue

I am touched by another when the distance between us is reduced to zero. I am touched only if I respond from my own center – that is, spontaneously, originally. But you do not touch me except from your own center, out of your own genius. Touching is always reciprocal. You cannot touch me unless I touch you in response.

James Carse

For good or ill, your conversation is your advertisement. Every time you open your mouth you let men look into your mind.

Bruce Burton

To get your ideas across use small words, big ideas, and short sentences.

John Henry Patterson

Communication does not depend on syntax, or eloquence, or rhetoric, or articulation but on the emotional context in which the message is being heard. People can only hear you when they are moving toward you, and they are not likely to when your words are pursuing them. Even the choicest words lose their power when they are used to overpower. Attitudes are the real figures of speech.

Edwin H Friedman

Conversation is a meeting of minds with different memories and habits. When minds meet, they don't just exchange facts: they transform them, reshape them, draw different implications from them, engage in new trains of thought. Conversation doesn’t just reshuffle the cards: it creates new cards.

Theodore Zeldin

To learn through listening, practice it naively and actively. Naively means that you listen openly, ready to learn something, as opposed to listening defensively, ready to rebut. Listening actively means you acknowledge what you heard and act accordingly.

Betsy Sanders

Simply paying attention allows us to build an emotional connection. Lacking attention, empathy hasn’t a chance.

Daniel Goleman

The first duty of love is to listen.

Paul Tillich

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