The problem with many people is that they haven´t acquired the most precious skill – to listen.
How can you ever learn and know anything unless you listen carefully?…Book knowledge can be valuable. But what it counts most, is the truths that are conveyed in everyday life.They come when you least expect them. Listening and taking in, makes the great difference between the vivid and the sleepwalker. Somnambulism is a fact with most people.
It is about being mindful, about being aware of the urgency of creating an inner space within you. This inner space enables you To Listen Carefully and to receive the message life has in store for you. If you go around in a constant state of restlessness, thinking, wishing and aspiring, you are out of touch with this very moment, you´ll be nothing but a stranger in this life.
Nothing will ever happen, nothing real will come to you, not because life is not giving, but because you have no clue as to what receiving is about.
And indeed, being able to receive means to know how to listen. If you don´t learn to listen, you have nothing to give…
I just found this text. Don´t know who wrote it, but it´s good:
Ego is a non-existential phenomenon. It always lives in constant fear of being exposed as it is empty within. It is only an appearance, not a reality. It is the presence of an absence. Something which is only an appearance, a mirage, fear is bound to be there at the very centre of it. Cowardice is the by-product of fear .