July 18

Reflection

Our objective must be the realization of peace for all people and to support the harmony and progress of global civil society. The way to achieve this is through the dialogue of spiritual openness. The key to such dialogue is devoting our very lives to listening and learning from those different from us. This humble willingness to learn is profoundly meaningful, invariably fostering deep, empathetic connections. Not only does this resonance enable us to understand others on a deeper level, it acts as a mighty impetus for our true self — our greater self — to flower within us. People empowered by their greater self experience an untrammeled sense of freedom. Such people can see themselves for who they truly are, without needing to hide behind any veil of self-deceit.
Daisaku Ikeda

Prayer

Let there be peace on earth.

Action

Can you practice spiritual openness?  How can you listen and learn from those different from yourself?  Are you willing? Who are those to whom you may refuse to listen? What prevents you?

Suggested Reading

A wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel.
Proverbs 1:5

The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
2 Timothy 2:2

Learning lessons is a little like reaching maturity. You’re not suddenly more happy, wealthy, or powerful, but you understand the world around you better, and you’re at peace with yourself. Learning life’s lessons is not about making your life perfect, but about seeing life as it was meant to be.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Change is the end result of all true learning.
Leo Buscaglia\

Live a life full of humility, gratitude, intellectual curiosity, and never stop learning.
Gza

I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn something from him.
Galileo Galilei

Experience is a master teacher, even when it’s not our own.
Gina Greenlee

When people express opinions that differ from yours, take it as a chance to grow. Seek to understand over being understood. Be curious, not defensive. The only way to disarm another human being is by listening.
Glennon Doyle Melton

One learns more from listening than speaking. And both the wind and the people who continue to live close to nature still have much to tell us which we cannot hear within university walls.
Thor Heyerdahl

Listening moves us closer, it helps us become more whole, more healthy, more holy. Not listening creates fragmentation, and fragmentation is the root of all suffering.
Margaret J. Wheatley

I think one of the things that we are facing right now is that we’ve stopped listening to each other in our politics.
Michael Bennet

Just listening and going back and forth and exchanging ideas with people. It’s a beautiful thing. This is what’s really important.
Lakeith Stanfield
 

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