What does it mean to you to feel heard? How do you experience yourself when you are in the company of someone you feel heard by?
We are bursting at the seams with content, advice, quotes from “wise” people. Many are speaking, few are listening. And of those listening, even less know how to do so without jumping to offering advice. Can we let go of being “helpful” and trust that our friends will always ask for advice when they want it? We all need more acceptance than we need improvement.
Practicing purposeful listening deepens and strengthens communication and relationships. Developing your listening skills can create real connection.
Practical steps you can consider for improving your listening skills:
Here’s an excellent video with Thich Nhat Hanh and Oprah on deep listening and compassionate mantras.