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    On Feb 18, 2012 Conrad P. Pritscher wrote:

    When it comes to hearing about my flaws, I find I am  a poor listener.  I immediately start thinking of how I might defend myself.  My experience with a wide variety of exercises at the  Gestalt  Institute of Cleveland helped me listen better though I still do not consider myself as a good listener.  I still erroneously often think that I have more to say then I have to hear.  Maturing and becoming wise has been slow for me.  I have found it helpful for me to learn to forgive myself and not be overly worried about my flaws. Thomas Keating's idea: "God's first language is silence; all else is a poor translation," has been helpful to me but I still find it difficult to be silent. I see "God" as the universe and being silent and listening to what the universe is telling me has been helpful. Thanks for listening. Peace and warm and kind regards to everyone.

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