It is interesting that 'listen' has the same letters as 'silent', and yet it is so difficult for some of us to remain attentively silent while someone is talking — especially if one or both of us is emotional. It takes remarkable courage to remain silent in some situations. And yet it's vital. For listening leads to understanding and creates a bridge to intimacy.
Being receptive to the painful messages of others often allows us to change the situation and feelings involved. Although it isn't easy for us to listen to the point of clarity, it is sometimes the only way to transform attack into love.
| In honor of their love and wisdom, this painting is inspired by two courageous, warrior women I know who demonstrate the strength in listening — to one another and within themselves.