“Deep listening is miraculous for both listener and speaker. When someone receives us with open-hearted, non-judging, intensely interested listening, our spirits expand.” ~ Sue Patton Thoele.
29 years old and listening for the first time
We take our capacity to hear for granted. We’ve forgotten to savor and appreciate the rich diversity of sound continuously offered to us.
Take time today to appreciate life’s endless melodies. Perhaps imagine this is the last time you hear this unique and precious sound.
Be curious and notice its subtleties: is the sound wavy, crunchy, intense, whispery? What are its qualities?
And when in conversation, notice how present you are. Are you listening, receiving their words and feelings, or lost in thought?
I heard a statistic recently that mothers spend 3 minutes a day listening to their children, truly being with them without an agenda. And with fathers, it’s 39 seconds.
“Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals.” ~ J. Isham
Enjoy receiving the sounds of life,and giving your heart to others.