Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Trebbe Johnson writes about Moore's column

In her April 2012 newsletter Trebbe Johnson draws attention to Thomas Moore's column about big soul in the March-April 2012 issue of Sprituality & Health magazine. Scroll down Johnson's newsletter page to her second entry, "DIGGING FOR THE DEEPER RESPONSE" in which she recommends ways to counteract "small-idea syndrome" mentioned by Moore.
Johnson writes:
"We mean well, and because we want to make those we care about feel better, we reach for a quick answer, assuming that because it's easily available it's probably true. How do we access responses that are more authentic? One possibility is simply to acknowledge that you don't know what to say. When my brother died last year, I was deeply touched by every single one of the messages of sympathy and condolence I received — including ones by people who simply said, 'I can't imagine what you must be going through.'

To get in the habit of responding in ways that are truer than they are prompt, you can also remind yourself before you speak or write that, simmering within you, there is always a trove of knowledge and experience lying deeper than what's on the surface. Taking a moment to sink down into what you really want to communicate instead of saying what's convenient allows your deeper wisdom to percolate to the top."
She concludes, "Finally, try for one day only (you can always renew it) to make everything you say authentic and original."

Barque coverage:
10 Apr 2012 "Big souls go deeper with problems and emotions"