I was trying to think of a way to describe the two experiences of the Talk + Listen practice (talking with transparency and listening empathetically), and it began to rain. Two things called for my attention.
A Sabal palm near the porch (have you ever heard raindrops on their fronds? It sounds like rain on a metal roof, one of my favorite sounds in the world.)
And a bird—a Great White Egret on the pond edge.
I didn’t hear thunder, so I grabbed my camera, ran outside, and squatted behind the bird. I wanted to see the pond from Egret’s view. After many photos and feeling mesmerized by the raindrops and captivated by Egret’s wet-feathered head, I said wow and this is it, and thought, Birdie—are you sitting here in the rain to help me?
Because, oh gosh, I hope you get it when I say that Talk + Listen is like being with bird and looking at the pond drops from bird’s view while refraining from thinking about things like why a squat instead of a regal stance, shouldn’t you fly somewhere, or I’m getting wet watching or what I’d really like is for you to do something really magnificent.
And to go a step further, imagine that bird is a human someone not at all like you in appearance, behavior, or habits. Yeah, that different. You know, it might take some practice to see life from that view.