This weekend I went camping at Mt. Diablo with old friends and it was awkward at first. As I begin to “open up” from my pandemic isolation I find a new uneasiness in myself. Do I hug my friend who I haven’t seen in a year, even if we are both vaccinated? There is still so much uncertainty.
Listening to my heart gives me answers. I ask: What is my heart telling me? What does my heart want to say? Goethe wrote,
“What is uttered from the heart alone,
will win the hearts of others to your own.”
I did hug one friend and I had to tell another I was uncomfortable being too close, as he was a younger friend who has not been vaccinated.
Our Connecting Skill: Heartfelt Listening helps us move from listening to our own hearts to listening to what is in the hearts of others. It helped me connect with my friends on this trip, listening beneath the stories that they were sharing so that I could hear the deep longing for connection that we all feel as we tip toe out from our year of isolation.
Wishing you more Heartfelt Listening from all of us at Dovetail Learning.