Thursday, May 18, 2006

How many times have you been deeply
hurt by something someone said, only
to be told by them, "But it was the
"truth." Perhaps this kind of "honesty
isn’t the goal for true sharing between
people. Read what this well-known writer
has to say about speaking from the heart
:instead of from "honesty" here

The ego is always creating symbols of defeat
.just so it can tell itself it was in a fight
Its claim to reality is, "I oppose therefore
I am." No wonder we often come away from
conversations, even with friends, feeling slightly
disappointed and dissatisfied. We delude ourselves
if we think that we are communicating simply
because we are literal. No two individuals' emotions
.are identical. On that level there is no joining
.Only degrees of separateness can be expressed
Something deeper than "honesty" broadcasting our
superficial thoughts and feelings is needed if we
.are to achieve a real connection with another person

And remember, as Henry David Thoreau said, "The only
".way to speak the truth is to speak lovingly

Adapted from Morning Notes, by Hugh Prather _

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