1. Listen to the Earth. Take some time and space to go outside and really be with the Earth. Sit or stand with a tree, a rock, a flower. As you come back to your mindful breathing, release tension in the body, and open up all the five senses to get in touch with Earth’s wonders, you naturally stop thinking. You wake up to the miracle that we are alive on a precious and fragile planet. In the silence, what is the Earth saying to you?
2. Listen to yourself. Set aside some moments to sit in stillness, perhaps with a relaxing cup of tea, and listen to what is going on inside. With mindful breathing we return home to our body and can really be there for ourselves, to take care of our feelings with love and understanding. Listening to ourselves is a precondition to listening to others, and is a beautiful gift to Thay and the world. What do you discover when you take time to listen to yourself?
3. Listen to a loved one. Once we have listened to ourselves and, with mindful breathing, restored our peace and freshness, we have a quality of presence that we can offer to a loved one. We can listen to hear what is being said and what is being left unsaid. With the support of our true presence, our loved ones can feel heard and can release their suffering.