Wednesday, April 12, 2017


I begin listening with ordinary caring.
I Imagine that what I am about to receive by listening
 is similar to receiving a valuable gift.

I think about the courage and/or vulnerability 
that may be necessary for the one speaking 
to divulge what they are about to say.

I strive to listen with kindhearted interest. 
In other words, I try to notice when I begin categorizing what I hear
 as good or bad, right or wrong, 
and I return to ordinary listening.

I am sensitive to the communication
 that comes through the whole experience 
and not only to the words being spoken. 
I listen for the expression of feelings.

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