Saturday, March 12, 2011

On Listening

Aldous Huxley spoke to our Philosophy Club at USC in 1962 - I do not remember anything about what he said, but what I will never forget is the quality of his listening, after his speech, to what others were saying. His listening was palpable.
I always speak to the children about the wonders of their own listening capacities, about how their listening opens the doorway to great discoveries about the world and about themselves.
I am a fan of listening.

3 comments:

  1. Listening. So easy. So hard. That had to be special to have Mr. Huxley there in person! Love these kind of stories Wayne. Thanks for sharing them!

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  2. Once I have heard following advice, by blaming the noise on the streets: When you are disturbed once more by the noise on the street (or elsewhere), please shut your eyes, imagine, you would sit in your best outfit in a concert hall listen an excellent classical concert conducted by your favorite conductor - and listen once more - and experience the wonder...

    Of course, I tried it out - and I suggest everyone to do it as well... This experience is undescribable...

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  3. Bravo Wayne! You are a very engaging teacher. Having witnessed one of your sessions at Choctaw Library - I hold that image very close. To really listen, be it to silence(inner self) or speaking- is to be truly present.
    How awesome that you've heard Huxley speak in person. Big fan of his writings.
    Thank you for letting me share this my friend. (::)

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