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Monday, June 9, 2008

What are they not saying .... ?

Title: Waves of Oblivion
Size: 20cm x 20cm
Media: Acrylic on canvas
All the dots are hand painted by brush.

I have a friend who is feeling rather stressed and unhappy at the moment. A beautiful person who's inner light is not shining as bright as it should be at the moment. The one person she needs to talk to about it - who she needs more than anyone to be there for her - she just can't seem to find the right words to tell them - to explain to them.

When we are in a state of distress it can difficult enough to actually reach out to someone - to let them in - to explain how we are feeling - what we need. If we are the one that this person is trying to communicate with - we need to remember to truly listen to what they say - but more than that - listen to what they are not saying - sometimes it's so hard for someone to reveal to us their thoughts and feelings because the pain is just too great.

Reality of the other person is not in what he reveals to you, but in what he cannot reveal to you. Therefore, if you would understand him, listen not to what he says but rather what he does not say. - Kahlil Gibran

Sometimes the people we are the closest to and love the most deeply are also the ones we find the hardest to communicate with on a deeper level. We owe it not only to ourselves but also to the other person and our relationship with that person to communicate honestly with them especially in times of need.

Love yourself enough to always express your true feelings, needs and limits - Stephen C Paul

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