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By Ann Skinner

Coach, Doodle Artist and Author/Illustrator of The Art of Contribution and Annie and Eva Love Devon.

3 Nov 2021

Listen for the Wisdom in the Silence


What to do when you don’t know what to do …

As I write this, COP26, the 26th Climate Change Conference, is happening in Glasgow and listening to some of the news I can’t help feeling a little frustrated.

There is a part of me that so desperately wants to DO something. To shout and say LISTEN! Listen to the earth, listen to the plants, listen to the animals. Listen to the people! But I have learned that’s not always the best way to be heard, nor helpful. It’s hard to listen when someone is shouting.

Today, Annie and Eva remind us that there is great power in going silent and paying attention. It’s only too easy to get lost in our anger, sadness and despondency.

To truly make a change, it’s important to learn how to listen. This also means letting go of our own agenda.

Our thoughts of ‘What can I do?’ can be overwhelming when the task ahead is so great. We often want to do something, anything! We believe that doing anything is better than doing nothing. DOING SOMETHING takes the pain of our discomfort away. However, action born out of frustration and anger has the tendency to create more of the same.

When we don’t know what to do and are feeling triggered, the best thing we can often do is to go quiet, get present and pay attention. It’s an art that we are not taught in today’s action-based world.

Being present will teach us to pay attention to what truly matters and will allow us to listen for the wisdom beyond our fearful thoughts.

Love from Annie and Eva,

by Ann The Heartworker

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