Lent Series

Listening to Ourselves


Monday, February 22, 2021

Listening to Ourselves

by Scott Stoner

Your inner voice is the voice of divinity. To hear it, we need to be in solitude, even in crowded places. —A. R. Rahman

Each Monday we will introduce a theme for the week related to our overall theme of listening. This week our theme is “listening to ourselves.”

We start with the focus of listening to ourselves because we believe that how we listen to ourselves sets the pattern for how we listen in all other areas of our lives, including how we listen to others, and how we listen to God. If we are curious and open in listening to ourselves, we will be curious and open in listening to others. If we have a pattern of not listening well to ourselves, we will likely repeat that pattern in other areas of our lives, as well.

As the quote from A. R. Rahman states, when we listen to our inner voice, we are listening for how God is always whispering to us. When attended to, that inner, divine voice can serve as a compass to guide our lives. It can also serve as a guide for how to listen to others. Rahaman also reminds us that creating time for solitude and quiet within ourselves is essential for being able to hear the divine inner voice.

In yesterday’s reflection, Dawna Wall wrote about soul wrestling. She described well the biblical stories of people wrestling with their inner selves and with God as they seek healing, guidance, and wholeness. Sometimes soul wrestling is necessary to help us remove barriers that impede our ability to listen more fully to ourselves.

Making It Personal: How might you create some regular time of solitude to listen to the inner divine voice this Lent? Are you aware of any barriers within yourself that impede your ability to listen well? 

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