Let’s Reach Out"

Author: Rajalakshmi Padmanabhan

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A poor man who earns his living driving a horse drawn cab repeatedly attempts to tell the story of his son who died just a week before, but no one wants to listen to him or have the time to do so. The poor man, it’s learnt, has not talked to anybody yet. He yearns to tell someone, anyone, about it – how his son suffered, what he said before he died how he died: the father wants to describe literally the story of his funeral, of how he went to the hospital to collect his son’s clothes. But there is no fellow human being who would listen to his story.

Finally he goes to the stable to feed his mare and begins narrating his story. The four- legged friend munches her hay, listens, and breathes on her master’s hands. He is touched, gets carried away, and tells her all about it.

This may be a story but the message is deep. Human beings are so busy running madly in pursuit of so many wants  have no time to stop and listen even to their own inner voice. Often children understand better than we do. A little boy was late from school one day. When the mother asked him the reason he explained that he was helping his friend whose bicycle broke down. “But you don’t know how to fix a bicycle” his mother said. “No” the boy said in all his innocence. “I stopped to be with him while he cried”.

Your willingness to be with the person, your unconditional support create moments where healing takes place.

Marguerite Theophill says three practices are essential to cultivate spiritual discipline:

Comfort with Silence

Non-verbal empathy, and

Being wholly present to another.

(source: The Speaking Tree)

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