The gift of being heard is something really precious. Having someone listen attentively to our expression or story is very healing and can enable us find our own understanding, acceptance, balance and joy again. Listening sounds like a very simple thing and indeed it is, yet many of us struggle to listen effectively. Being a good listener requires being present and fully attentive to the other. It is not about offering advice or fixing anything or making the other feel better, it’s simply being there and paying attention.
“Whatever life we have experienced, if we can tell our story to someone who listens, we find it easier to deal with our circumstances.”
~Margaret J. Wheatley
Four Tips for Effective Listening
So how might we listen more effectively… there are many things that can help! Below I outline four suggestions that I have found to be fundamental to good listening.
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