In this current age of technology, we are easily distracted. How often have you found yourself answering a text when you are out with friends or family? One of the best gifts we can give to one another is our undivided attention and to listen with our heart. Let us allow our hearts and our loving spirits guide our ears to genuinely listen. This requires us to not only turn off any electronic devices, but also to extinguish our urge to respond. Too often when others speak we are formulating what we are going to say next.
When we listen with our heart, we are sincerely receiving every word and making eye contact with the person who is speaking. In this action, we demonstrate how much we value the person with whom we are communicating. As an attentive listener, we create a more meaningful and mindful conversation; and, we gain clarity and understanding from the exchange. Let us do a bit of role reversal and consider how it feels when we are speaking. Don’t you feel appreciated and pleased when those around us are truly engaged in the discussion? Can you imagine the love and joy you are manifesting in others simply by listening with your heart?
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