Inner Growth Thought of the Day: The Importance Of Listening When Letting Go
Listening to listen, and not to respond, is important in many ways and for different reasons along your inner growth journey, in your overall quality of life, and the potential you will be able to express through who you are and what you do, and so on.
When it comes to letting go, paying attention to how you listen and consciously choosing to listen to listen (not to respond) will bring the most benefit to you as you work with yourself to “let go”, and also as you learn to truly tune in to others and what they are saying from their inner core, their heart and not from your inner core, your heart, which is what you hear when you are listening to respond and not listening to listen.
Here are some ways to listen when letting go so that you make the most of the moment and experience as you pursue inner growth.
- Every time you are in a conversation become conscious of how you’re listening to the person and if you notice you’re thinking, while the person is talking pause your thoughts. Do this until you find that you no longer “think” while someone is talking to you, but that instead, you absorb what the person is saying as they’re saying it. If you notice that you already do this, then pay attention to how much you are able to put yourself in the other person’s shoes as they’re sharing their thoughts with you.
- When letting go of something (an idea, accepting a person for who they are, etc.) write out five things you listened to that helped you to let go of that something thanks to the different perspectives that were brought in from you truly listening instead of listening to respond.
- When you feel that you are not listened to by others, write about the important things you were trying to share with them. As you read what you wrote or explore these thoughts, notice what feelings come by and list two to three of them. What can you learn about yourself from these feelings and why you wanted to be listened to by others.
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