During Covid-19, screen connections are joining us with new activities, work, friends, learning, and family. In our group, each of us discovered what we weren’t doing well. LISTENING.
We noticed we were taking for granted that we were actually good listeners. Then the conversation deepened. We come to the screen time with pre-conceived ideas of what will happen. This one talks LONGER than others on the call, that one says the same thing OVER and over, the other one always has to INTERRUPT, this is BORING now, and on and on. So we came up with a plan for our next meeting, or family or friends Zoom calls.
Listening. Our PRACTICE for the week was to notice how we are listening DIFFERENTLY. How is our body FEELING in situations? How is our breathing; HELD, shallow, deep? When were we BRAVE and when was it fine to not be brave? When did we LEAD and when did we wait, PAUSE, discover something we had no idea the person was thinking or feeling. Listening asked us to be aware this week for what IS listening all about?
You are welcome to join us in practicing listening and leave your thoughts in the comments.
Take good care,
Natalie Caine, M.A. email@example.com