01/08/2013

Out Of Words*

Posted in Encouragement, General, Self-Awareness tagged , , , , , , , , , at 9:22 am by The Water Bearer

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I never thought it could happen…… Not to me!

The first time it happened, I found I simply had nothing nice to say, everything seemed bleak and I didn’t want to drag down those around me. All my jokes, extended stories, quick comebacks, deep philosophies and laughter had left me. So rather than forcing out anything, just for the sake of speaking, I became quiet. Needless to say, everyone could tell something was wrong and hassled me relentlessly about my melancholy reservedness.

It has been many years since my deep depression, and with a lot of therapy and some big life changes, those faithful old friends ‘words’ came back with a vengeance. I sang them, I spoke them, I thought them, I wrote them, I kept them, I shared them….

“Welcome back wonderful words, how I missed you!” – I felt like ME again.

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However, recently I have noticed moments of wordlessness appearing here and there.

I’ve forced out a few drafts of posts, but they simply don’t have that genuine passion resonating through them, so I have not been content enough to hit publish.

I haven’t touched my novel in months.

I have even found myself sitting in company, quietly, actually thinking to myself  “come on, you must have something to say, think!”.

Have you guessed? I am not a fan of uncomfortable silences!

So I ask questions, to break the silence. I hear their stories, however long or short…

Am I becoming a listener?

It is something I have prayed for many years to become better at. It’s not that I don’t listen, I hear what is being said, but perhaps I don’t let others know, or feel, that I am truly listening. Maybe I am not patient enough to allow others get it all off their chest. I always have some response to share during their stories.

Some have complained that I talk too much, I admit that much of the time I do, and in the past I have become self-condemning about it. At times I have prayed, begged, pleaded for God to SHUT MY MOUTH! Even if a change came, it did not last for long, as soon as the darkness lifted, I felt like myself again and so did my overactive mouth. I dearly hope to find the ability to be in a really good mood and yet stay quiet..but it has eluded me for all my life.

What a strange change…

Perhaps this is just another episode? The low after many weeks of manic moods and excessive mind wandering? In any case I intend to use the quiet to my advantage. To pursue growth.

Has the Lord has opened up a space for meditation while in the company of others? Something I have not often felt able to practice in the past. Really being there and not lost in a sea of my own thoughts and words.

My therapist gave me some great pointers on how to experience deep listening. He based these tips around the mantra “to be present but without self“.

The first time we practiced this, I was surprised how much I had to concentrate on what was being said while shutting down my own thought reactions, reactions that related their story back to me and my feelings about it. To only try to understand their feelings and leave mine out of it.

This is pretty tough for me, my ego is quite a self-centred bully at times. However, I found this whole thing much easier once I understood what I needed to do in order to achieve deep listening skills. It will take effort, awareness and practice, but you know me, I am always up for a challenge of self (or lack of self as the case may be) 😉

So if things have been a little quiet around here lately, now you know why…

I’m here…. I’m listening….I’m growing…

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10 Comments »

  1. Don’t be so hard on yourself. 🙂

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    • Hi Diana, Thank you for reading and commenting. I know I can be hard on myself at times, but it’s only because I know God has so much better in store for us than what we are experiencing here and now. I love a hard lesson because it gives me a reason to want to work on changing myself, but also gives me understanding and grace for others who may not have yet learned what I have. Does that make sense? Blessings to you!

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  2. graciehill48 said,

    Good for you!!! We grow and learn through focused listening, focused on the other person, being. Sometimes the Lord speaks in a still small voice and our ears and heart need to be tuned in. God bless you, then share what you learn.

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    • Thank you Gracie. You speak the truth. I think that is the whole point of growing ourselves, so that we share what we have learned with others. 😉 I never realised how much effort it took to quieten the voice of my own thoughts in order to only hear and receive what another is expressing. I see a new dawn ahead, Praise God! Blessings to you!

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  3. Todd Lohenry said,

    good to see you again its been awhile!

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    • Hi Todd. Thank you! Yes, I have had a lot of distractions over the past few months. I have seriously neglected my blog and my friends online.. 😦 Hoping a gush of refreshing revitalizing water flows soon, so I can share with you all again. Thanks for dropping by! Blessings to you my friend. 🙂

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  4. mrsdarlings said,

    I totally know how you feel. I used to have mental tyrades. I was always TALKING. HAHA Until i learned that listening is a form of submission. Then i learned about submission that was a new world. its all a process. we all get to where we want to be in the end. You are on your way. Thats all that matters 😀 Good Post.

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    • Thank you so much for your great comment and encouragement. It is all about submission. Blessings to you!

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