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 truly heard.