‘The Art and Power of Emphatic Listening‘ -#1000Speak for Compassion
‘Listening has the quality of the wizard’s alchemy. It has the power to melt armor and to produce beauty in the midst of hatred’
I’ve been labeled as a listener since childhood because I always took more pleasure in listening to what others had to say and keeping that in my memory to hold forever. Sometimes, I get that astonished look from people when I quote an instance they once told me or a dialogue we once exchanged, back in the time, like, “Really, you still remember that?’ and whenever this happens, it gives me a strange pleasure.
No, my memory isn’t very sharp, just good enough to remember what we’ve talked about when I was listening and not just hearing.
What is more important than just listening?Listening Compassionately!
When you listen to someone with the intention of sharing their feelings, that’s when you are listening compassionately. When you listen in order to lessen the suffering of the speaker, that’s when you are listening compassionately. Compassion is like water, it takes the shape of the vessel you put it in. Put it on your tongue and it’ll flow through your words, put it in your heart, it’ll flow through your body, put it in your ears, it’ll flow through your attention towards the people who speak to you.
Also read: ‘I Choose to Be Real’ #1000Speak for Compassion
I found so many beautiful quotes on listening that I find it hard not to share them! Take a look:
So, are you a compassionate listener?
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