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Become a Better Listener

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Personalized support for learning how to integrate mindfulness into your life. Delivered fresh everyday by our world renowned experts. Choose meditation duration:

Hey, welcome back to

your Daily Mindfulness.

In today's session, I'm going

to share a simple tip you can

use to become a better listener.

As you can imagine being a good listener

is a big topic and would probably

require a full year of Daily Mindfulness

sessions to really do it justice.

But there is one tip I've been using

in my own life for many years and have

been teaching to my students that really

seems to get at the heart of effective

listening and this is to listen to

understand, rather than listen to respond.

Listen to understand

versus listen to respond.

So think about it.

Have you ever found yourself in

a conversation with someone and

as the person is speaking to you,

you're already thinking about

what you're going to say next?

Maybe just once?

If you have, you're not alone.

We've all done this.

We want to keep the flow

of the conversation going.

We don't want there to be an awkward

silence or the person says something

that makes us think of a story

that we really want to share and we

quickly start thinking about that.

But have you also noticed that sometimes

thinking about what you're going to

say next can actually get in the way

of connecting to the other person and

fully hearing and understanding the very

thing that you're trying to respond to?

I think it's a huge gift to

be able to give someone your

full presence and attention.

And what I love about this tip of

listen to understand, not respond

is that it's so easy to implement.

It doesn't require an extensive meditation

practice and it doesn't require an

in-depth communication training.

You can quickly implement this

into your next conversation.

Whoever you're talking to - family

member, friend, client, child,

stranger at the coffee shop.

What would it be like to gift that

person, your full presence and make

your only intention to listen to

understand rather than listen to respond?

I think you'll notice that the other

person can feel the benefits and

you can feel the benefits as well.

It immediately develops a greater

presence, mindfulness and curiosity.

So try this out today and see how it goes.

I think you'll be

pleased with the results.

As always thank you for your

practice and I'll talk to you soon.

Take care.

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