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Aug 11, 2013

"We shall practice listening so attentively that we are able to hear what the other is saying -- and also what is left unsaid. We know that by listening deeply we already alleviate a great deal of pain and suffering in the other." -- Anonymous

Idea of the Week

"We went to a theatre to watch a documentary yesterday. The audience it attracted was mostly "older" adults..... 70's & 80's. While writing for the film to start. I was blessed to be engaged in conversation with a few different people who shared stories of their youth with me. I loved their energy & loved hearing their stories... I was totally absorbed in listening. Their eyes shone telling me their stories & my heart shone hearing them. I left with happiness in my heart a smile on my face. Everyone has stories to share & listening to them is a kindness gift for both the teller & the listener. Grateful." -- Mish

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Stop and Hug
August 20, 2014 - Posted by klw4
My nine year old daughter has walked to school almost every day of her school life and each morning the same crossing guard, Ms. Leslie is there to help us safely cross the street.

She and my daughter have a special ritual of hugging. My daughter runs to her, they hug, lock eyes and Ms. Leslie twirls her around once with the "stop" sign in one hand.

Once, a neighbor driving her 3 children to school told me they feel lucky when they get the chance to witness this. Any fighting in the car that is going on, stops and they all share the joy between these two.

This morning after watching them and having crossed the street to the other side, I said "That looked like so much fun can I have a hug too?"

Ms. Leslie smiled and we embraced a full 5 seconds.

I could feel our skin touching neck to neck and sense her heart beat. We didn't lock eyes but we did allow our humanness to connect.

I got a little teary eyed when she looked at me and said, "Thank you so much. It gets hard out here some days, when drivers can be so rude."

As we walked away, my daughter wrapped an arm around me, connected with my eyes and just smiled, full of love, as if to say "Mom, now you know."

And I knew then with my heart the power of a little hug. I've been basking in the warmth of that hug through an hour of thick morning traffic that I was able to experience with no inner struggle.

Thank you Ms. Leslie and my little one. I encourage you to notice an opportunity to share a little heart hugging energy today.
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