We listen to understand.
At least that’s the main purpose of listening, how often do you find yourself listening to respond? Only paying attention long enough to decipher the appropriate reaction.
I find that sometimes it’s necessary to actually get still AND quiet in order to hear.
Listening is itself a yin aspect. It’s the receptive side of communication. Information, be it words or sensations or insight, is being transmitted to us continuously as the yang aspect of this exchange.
As we soften into open awareness, relax into our body, no agenda, we literally make space for receiving that flow of life.
I’m often fascinated by the way an interaction between 2 people can have several conversations take place at once; the words being spoken, the one in our head that’s narrating and the body dialogue.
Report back yogis.