A dear friend suggested I write about mindfulness. He said words to the effect that if we aren’t mindful we are nothing better than zombies. I filed his suggestion away and last Sunday I decided to engage in an experiment. Since I am still dealing with arthritis in may wrist and can only type with one finger, I would read the Times in mindful fashion. I would search the pages for more than the headlines, and I found quite a few words, phrases, and thoughts that were worthy of my attention.
One of those phrases was a title to a book — I Never Thought Of It That Way, How to have fearlessly curious conversations in dangerously divided times. I thought upon reading what a mindful exercise that would be. I haven’t read the book but can you imagine a meaningful dialogue with your polar opposite?
Listening is an art that takes training, temperament, and time, but when developed is the epitome of mindfulness. Consider a little listening training during this Lenten season.