_Here is a simple exercise I just invented and am having great results with here in my office. I am choosing to listen with gratitude and appreciation. I hear the water running in the kitchen and am thankful for abundant, clean hot and cold water. I hear the clock ticking. I am feeling grateful for my old, round clock that works great decades after purchase. Underneath that, I am appreciating how I have changed over time and how much I have received in my time on this planet so far. I also hear the blowing of air through the vent and am very happy to have heat on this cool day. I am thankful also for the fresh air that comes in through the exchange system that some man brought to my attention years ago. I can't remember his name, and I am still benefiting from his wise suggestion.
You get the idea. Have fun listening for what is of value in your life.
I am an auditory learner. And so it makes great sense that I took to full-out listen at a really young age. I remember the total pleasure of listening from my bedroom to the conversations going on in the living room between my parents and their friends. While the words were interesting, what I believe I enjoyed every bit as much was picking up on the inflections, the change to whisper, the emotion warp in the vocal vibrations.
My vision is a world in which everyone is heard. My experience of being heard is that I relax, I open to new options, I connect. Problems are solved easily when I really listen (often these are problems I created by missing the real meaning in a comment, or an email).
So I hope you will join me as I report here on what I am learning about listening. And I plan to continue to continue posting quotes and thoughts on the Facebook page