The skill of listening takes practice. We think we hear what others are saying, but the truth is their message is often drowned out by our rather loud and persistent inner voice. We may be nodding to acknowledge that we’re listening, but internally, we’re forming opinions, we’re rehearsing what we want to say, or we’re thinking of something else entirely.
The next time you’re in conversation with someone, it might be interesting to truly listen with beginner’s ears and beginner’s mind. Try turning down the volume of your own mind and tuning in to what they’re saying, without your own agenda.
In mindful presence,
To listen is to lean in softly with the willingness to be changed by what we hear.
Lori Furbush teaches Qigong, Yin Yoga, & Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She weaves MINDFULNESS & RELAXATION into every moment.