Don’t treat these questions like “homework” or try to answer every single one; instead, make time to meditate on the list and then pick the one question that speaks to you most. The goal is to figure out which question is “yours.” It may help to read the list to a friend or loved one and ask them which question they think is yours.
Who has listened to you when you most needed it?
Who first gave you the gift of deep listening?
How has your listening to others needed to change as you’ve grown older?
Have you forgiven yourself for failing to listen?
Is the voice of your wounds louder than the voices of loved ones?
What might happen if you asked someone: “Will you tell me your story? I’d love to know how you came to this point of view.”
How is listening an act of love, and therefore an act of your Unitarian Universalist faith?
What gets in your way the most: The noise of the world? The noise of your worries? The noise of our wounds? Something else?
Sometimes if we listen deeply to our anger we will discover fear or sadness underneath it-what is underneath your anger?
Are you still struggling with that old voice in your head that says “You are meant to be seen not heard”?
Have you ever listened to the soft breathing of a child as they slept?
What if spiritual practice is really about listening until you hear a voice that says “You are beloved”?
(Curated and adapted for KUF from the 2020 Soul Matters materials for the theme ‘Deep Listening’ by Rev. Beckett Coppola.)