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Listening is very important in life. How you listen matters tremendously. Most people listen with — and through — the background of their conditioning (that stems from past accumulation). With that accumulation, they listenโ€ฆ which really isn’t listening at all. They then walk around mistakingly thinking that they are “free” and “open.”

True wisdom may be beyond the mere accumulation of patterns (from the past). It may involve deep insight beyond what you merely have been told and accumulated. Insight is timeless; what is timeless is not of mere piecemeal accumulation (which is in time). Piecemeal accumulation is time.

Not so common … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2021

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My Blog primarily consists of close-up nature photos (that I've taken locally) combined with original holistic-truth oriented prose and/or poetry involving mindfulness/awareness. I love nature and I love understanding the whole (not merely the parts and the details). I'm a retired teacher of the multiply handicapped. I have a number of interesting hobbies, such as fossil collecting, sport-kite flying, 3D and 2D close-up photography, holography, and pets. Most of all, I am into holistic self-awareness, spontaneous insight, unconventional observation/direct perception, mindfulness, meditation, world peace, non-fragmentation, population control, vegetarianism, and green energy. To follow my unique Blog of "Nature Photos and Mindfulness Sayings" and for RSS feeds to my new posts, please access at: (On my regular Blog posting pages, for additional information and to follow, simply click on the "tack icon" at the upper right corner... or, on my profile page, you can click on the "Thomas Peace" icon.) Stay mindful, understanding, and caring!...

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  1. Interesting perspective on the art of listening Tom. ๐Ÿ˜Š Listening nowadays, seems to be a thing of the past. Listening is an act of understanding, compassion, and empathy. Listening, true listening should be devoid of distractions. Sadly, we do not see that.

    For some reason, I immediately thought of this song as I was reading your post, “Everybody’s Talkin’ by Harry Nilsson.” ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽต


      • I have to agree with you 100% Tom. Hearing and listening are two different things and all too often many people hear what you’re saying but not truly listen to what you are saying. Great perspective my friend. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

  2. โ€œ True wisdom may be beyond the mere accumulation of patternsโ€. Forming habits is an economic trait to conserve energy, but is also a trap one canโ€™t think their way out of. Not thinking, not believing, in quiet con-templation of our surroundings is understanding you are the whole works.


  3. Listening, oh Tom, I am wondering if we even know what the word means anymore… listening with an open heart open doors we don’t even know are there. Nature listens and when I am in that space I can too.. my life even in the country is so riddled with noise from machines it’s crazy making. lately I have been going into the woods to sleep in my car to rid myself of outer noise. can I actually post this?


  4. Listening is important … for yourself as well as when someone’s heart is heavy or their mind is cluttered and they just need to unload. Be that someone for them and you don’t have to say a word, just be there. Beautiful butterfly not singing the blues because it is so colorful.


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