True Listening

Since true listening involves a setting aside of the self, it also temporarily involves a total acceptance of the others. Sensing this acceptance, the speaker will feel less and less vulnerable, and more and more inclined to open up the inner recesses of his or her mind to the listener. As this happens, speaker and listener begin to appreciate each other more and more, and the dance of love is begun again. ~ R. Scott Peck

The dance of love is begun again!
Is that not a worthy reward
for our setting ourself aside,
totally accepting another?
When we reach the point
of sharing ourselves, our essence,
of appreciating another to their core,
then we have the great privilege
of the depth of communication,
of identifying with ourselves
(the harder accomplishment)
and with the other in dancing
as love begins and flourishes.

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