There is more to listening than being quiet when someone speaks. Listening is a deeper discipline of connection, selflessness; a heart-bowing of sorts. It takes humility and patience.
The way we learn to listen impacts what/how we hear from the most crucial places: God, Ourselve, Others, Nature, Our body -It is so important to hear from these.
There’s a beautiful listening story told about Dan Rather interviewing Mother Teresa.
Dan asked: “what do you say during your prayers?” Mother Teresa said, “I listen.” Dan asked “what does God say”. She replied, “HE listens”.
In the most synergistic of relationships and dialogues I believe both parties leave believing they were trulyheard.