My first thoughts about the topic of "nothing" have to do with "inner chatter". Have you ever tried to meditate and empty your mind? It's pretty much impossible for me. Even when I'm listening very intently to someone who is giving me counsel, my inner voice keeps answering, or saying things like, "Oh yes Delirious, you need to remember that." It's very difficult for me to shut up the thoughts that keep coming, even when I'm trying to listen. Does that just take practice?
My inner chatter is quite harmless most of the time, but for some people it is quite detrimental. I know people who, no matter how talented they might be, keep telling themselves that they aren't good enough. And when you tell them that they did well, they simply listen, but I know that in their mind they are disagreeing.
I heard something once about how psychologists say that too many of us, when we are listening to others, are spending our time not really listening, but trying to decide how we are going to answer. We are thinking more about what we want to say, than what the person before us is currently saying. I think what makes a good listener is someone who can just listening without having the urge to answer back.
Is it possible to think about nothing? Even when we are asleep we are dreaming, even if we don't remember it when we awake. Have you ever tried to think about nothing? I don't even know if it is possible, but I do think we would be better listeners if we would try to think about nothing related to ourselves!
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