“One can, I think, listen someone into existence, [and] encourage a stronger self to emerge…” Mary Rose O’Reilly
This quote was on the wall during a seasonal Circle of Trust at Bishop Booth Conference Center. Listening is such a powerful piece of each Circle of Trust I’ve been a part of, over the past 17 years. We listen to each other. We don’t chit chat back and forth, making small talk. We give open-hearted listening and acceptance. What a gift to offer, and what a gift to receive!
Seventeen years ago, I was led to these retreats, and I keep coming back, as I continue to explore who I am in this mysterious life I’m living. Here’s another wall quote that I love, from Thomas Merton: “The issues of life are not problems to solve, but mysteries to be entered.”