Thank You Ears

Michelle Miner's ear

Dear Ears,

Thanks for coming in pairs, one on either side of my head. You help me to hear and to keep my balance. When I was a teen I abused you by going to very loud concerts without ear plugs. Over the years, it has gotten harder for me to hear. If all is quiet and I’m talking to someone one on one, my hearing is fine, but if I’m in a noisy place, it’s more difficult for me to make out what people are saying. I compensate by listening more intently and asking for clarification if what I’m hearing doesn’t make sense.

I am so grateful to you ears because I can still hear the birds chirping in the morning and the laughter of my two little granddaughters. I love the sound of laughter from all of my loved ones, and even from people I don’t know. It’s like music to my ears. Outside of enjoying laughter, my ears also cause laughter when I sometimes mistake what someone has said for something humorous.

You make my life so rich, ears. I get joy from listening to the sounds of a crackling of fire, the soft steady sound of rain, the ocean waves coming in and out, the rhythm of a baby’s breath.

I am also so grateful for hearing music. I LOVE listening to the pristine sound of a single voice, or the power of a choir. I enjoy the sound of all types of music from the simplest drum beats to jazz, salsa, hip hop, mariachis, rock n’ roll, guitar, flute, or a full orchestra.

Although sounds of all kinds bring joy to my life, the one thing I am most grateful for is the ability to hear what others are saying. There’s an art to hearing and listening. When I listen with my ears and my heart and my mind, I can hear what’s being said underneath the words. This is a gift, but also a skill I’ve developed. It helps me in all of my relationships.

Thank you ears for giving me the gift of hearing. I appreciate you both.

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Michelle Minero, the Co-Founder of this blog and the overarching Love Warrior Community published her book, Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works. You can buy her book online or at stores in Petaluma, Sonoma and Healdsburg, California. You can also purchase a copy Michelle’s book through Amazon. For upcoming events and book signings, visit Michelle’s Events page.

Michelle Minero is a licensed marriage family therapist who specializes in eating disorder recovery. Her dream is to see a world filled with people who love themselves and their bodies.

Michelle created an intensive outpatient eating disorder program in 2000, brought ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc.) to Petaluma shortly after and founded EDRS (Eating Disorder Recovery Support, Inc.), a Marin and Sonoma County based 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2005. In 2011, Michelle co-founded the Love Warrior Community with her daughter, Emelina, an online community that helps people cultivate self-love, self-acceptance and body acceptance through creative expression. Connect with Michelle on Facebook and Twitter.

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