the llama blog
practicing yoga off the mat.
At least once a month, I share a lunch with friends. As mothers, we have to schedule this date a month in advance, but that one meal is our opportunity to share stories and laugh with each other. Sure, we see each other often and text constantly, but that lunch is a moment where we put down our electronics and really listen to each other without any distractions.
Listening to another person shows respect and gratitude. It says their words matter. We can show appreciation to anyone just by listening, listening deeply and whole-heartedly. The next time you share a conversation with someone - a friend, your mom, a co-worker, the barista - don’t think about what you’ll say next. Just listen. Notice them and the feelings behind their words. See them. Hear them.
Deep listening is an exercise, and the more you practice, the easier it becomes. As we all try to be seen and heard, take the time to give this small token of gratitude to another. Thank you to my students who share their weekly stories with me, and who, in turn, listen to mine.