human experience, personal development

Learning to listen

Are you a good listener? Have you ever thought about that?

True listening is a selfless act. It actually requires us to put ourselves aside for that moment – our opinions, our wandering thoughts – and really hear what the other person has to say.

I’m self-lecturing here because I am the worst at this! I’m not proud to admit it (especially given that my name, Samantha, literally translates to ‘listener’ in Aramaic…damn) but honestly, I struggle to enter a conversation and really hear the other person the entire time. Often I’m half listening and half formulating my next response in my head… even while the other person is still speaking. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m the only one.

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human experience, personal development, politics

See the world…

‘We see the world, not as it is, but as we are.’ (- Used by Anaïs Nin; origin unknown.)

I’ve been thinking a lot about our experiences and how these shape our view of the world. Yesterday, TV personality Sonia Kruger made an alarming statement on national television about feeling ‘unsafe’ due to the amount of Muslim immigrants being accepted into Australia. She actually said that she would feel safer if we were to stop accepting Muslim immigrants altogether – and much to my disappointment, many of my ‘Facebook friends’ have since shared and indicated their agreement with her.

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human experience, personal development, self image

Imperfection + Expression

Hey, honeys. It’s been a little while – I’m really not rockin’ this ‘I’ll post a few times a week’ thing. In fact, I’ve started loads of posts over the last few weeks but haven’t actually finished / published them… Then by the time I go back to finish them off, I’ve lost momentum, or it’s no longer relevant. The spark’s gone. Kinda defeats the purpose of this blog, hey? I can be a real nutjob sometimes.

We’re usually hardest on ourselves (at least that’s the case for me!) and I know that perfectionism and my crazy ‘editing’ brain have been my worst enemies through this process of reading, writing and reading again. Continue reading

personal development, self image

Gettin’ it done.

“Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.'” | Galatians 6:4-5 MSG.

This scripture has been my little piece of wisdom for the week, I’ve really been mulling over it. I love the perspective The Message translation provides on a lot of these old time favs, too… especially this one, it’s so blunt and to the point! Breaking it down, there’s a lot of gold in there for the season I’m in at the moment – reading and writing again, developing a new routine for the year, seeking direction and goal-setting , you get the picture – so I’m going to share those thoughts with you real quick. Continue reading