You speak many words, but say very little

The reason we have two ears and only one mouth is so that we may listen more and talk less.
-Diogenes [quoting Zeno]


Stop letting words babble from your mouth like water from an untapped spring. Are you surprised that you feel so depleted and dissatisfied? You speak so many words, yet you say so little!

Your carelessness with speech only serves to alienate nature - to mangle and sever her into pieces. No wonder life appears to you as a game of separateness and competition!

Therefore, in every interaction, practice transferring attention from your own thoughts to the words of others. Embrace their words - however babbling - without judgement.

When their words can no longer find foothold in your non-judging, attentive silence, others will begin to recognize their own reflection in your eyes - their strengths, weaknesses and insecurities laid bare.

They will realize in you an image of their own being - a shared nature beyond definition. It is from here that kinship and trust are born.

Let your silence be a vacuum which all of Nature rushes to fill.