I recently was talking to a friend about relationships, and just how complicated they can be. Friends, family, romantic, colleagues, and even interacting with strangers on the street, so much of our lives is impacted by our relationships with others.
What I wish to share this week is my insight into a practice that can help us all grow, learn, change and heal: listening. I know that inherently, we know the power of listening. We were taught to listen as young children and it’s something that deep down, we understand the significance. What I hope explore with you today, is why, at this moment in time, deep, concentrated listening can help us to move through and process these difficult times with grace and understanding.
When we listen, with open hearts and open minds we can…
…start to understand new perspectives and life paths
…heal deep wounds through shared experiences
…release old judgments and toxic thought patterns
…learn new ways of thinking
…connect with people in a deeper, more meaningful way
…cultivate a sense of compassion, empathy, and understanding
…know where to take action, change behaviors, and foster healing and growth
In our fast-paced, multitasking world, we often don’t take the time to really connect and listen. This week, I encourage all of you to be present in conversation, so that you can fully take in the information being shared with you. We all truly just want to be heard and seen. There’s a power to your presence, and I hope you remember that!
We all wonder what we can do to make positive impact in the world, and it’s my belief that when we listen, we create change.