The Power of LISTENING

By | May 13, 2011

There are moments when we experience what we know.

As a change agent, I experience these moments when I am able to let myself go, and immerse myself into the reality I am in.

One such incident happened this morning when an old friend of mine called me up just to be able to speak with someone. She had problems with her family, child and felt overworked, underappreciated and generally at the end of her tether.

As I listened, I became aware of how much this woman did, how much she embraced, how much she constantly challenged herself to do more and more, and saw her failures lining up while forgetting the tremendous things she achieved as a matter of fact. I shared that with her in perhaps a couple of phrases after an hour long phone call. The relief that replaced all that restless energy was so profound, that I could have reached out and touched it physically.

We spoke very briefly after that. The conversation was concluded with openness of heart and lightness of being. She wrote back an email saying how much better she felt after talking to me, and how just listening to my voice made everything better.

Was it listening to my voice? I don’t think so. I barely said anything at all!

I think it was because in that moment, I really listened to her, and understood what she was saying. It hadn’t been about resolving any of the numerous problems she shared and it wasn’t about me telling her anything at all. It was about me listening to her deeply, and really understanding and appreciating the state of her being, as she was sharing with me.

In that moment, she wasn’t alone, and I wasn’t alone. We were deeply together, enriching, empowering each other.

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31 thoughts on “The Power of LISTENING

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  22. Hannah Imogen Jones

    To share a truth so powerul, in so few words. Thank you. A great reminder to us all. Others don’t neccessarily want us to provide solutions, or ‘fix’ them. Sometimes, support, empathy and understanding is all a soul needs in order to find the motivation and inspiration to go forth and begin to ‘fix’ themselves! And knowng we are not alone… that someone out there cares… priceless beyond words.

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  23. Hannah Imogen Jones

    To share a truth so powerul, in so few words. Thank you. A great reminder to us all. Others don’t neccessarily want us to provide solutions, or ‘fix’ them. Sometimes, support, empathy and understanding is all a soul needs in order to find the motivation and inspiration to go forth and begin to ‘fix’ themselves! And knowng we are not alone… that someone out there cares… priceless beyond words.

    Reply
  24. Vir Rawlley

     Reminds me of The Celestine Prophesy, the 8th insight I think, the sharing and multiplication of energy.  Your article School Reloded ? Yeh that one ! This is one of those things.  Learning to Connect.  And the other one “On relationships” – disconnecting in gratitude, not clinging insecurely. Spot on.

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  25. Vir Rawlley

     Reminds me of The Celestine Prophesy, the 8th insight I think, the sharing and multiplication of energy.  Your article School Reloded ? Yeh that one ! This is one of those things.  Learning to Connect.  And the other one “On relationships” – disconnecting in gratitude, not clinging insecurely. Spot on.

    Reply
  26. Vir Rawlley

     Reminds me of The Celestine Prophesy, the 8th insight I think, the sharing and multiplication of energy.  Your article School Reloded ? Yeh that one ! This is one of those things.  Learning to Connect.  And the other one “On relationships” – disconnecting in gratitude, not clinging insecurely. Spot on.

    Reply
  27. Vir Rawlley

     Reminds me of The Celestine Prophesy, the 8th insight I think, the sharing and multiplication of energy.  Your article School Reloded ? Yeh that one ! This is one of those things.  Learning to Connect.  And the other one “On relationships” – disconnecting in gratitude, not clinging insecurely. Spot on.

    Reply
  28. Vir Rawlley

     Reminds me of The Celestine Prophesy, the 8th insight I think, the sharing and multiplication of energy.  Your article School Reloded ? Yeh that one ! This is one of those things.  Learning to Connect.  And the other one “On relationships” – disconnecting in gratitude, not clinging insecurely. Spot on.

    Reply
  29. Vir Rawlley

     Reminds me of The Celestine Prophesy, the 8th insight I think, the sharing and multiplication of energy.  Your article School Reloded ? Yeh that one ! This is one of those things.  Learning to Connect.  And the other one “On relationships” – disconnecting in gratitude, not clinging insecurely. Spot on.

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  30. admin Post author

    Hi Rajat!

    You found my blog! Nice to have you here and know that you relate with what I share.

    Yes, its truly an appreciative listening, like you say, and the satisfaction is so…. soul deep connection.

    You said it just right.

    Vidyut

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  31. Rajat Kumar

    I can relate to what you experienced while listening to your friend. I too like listening to people and reflecting back, I guess, one of the reasons why people relate to me is because I listen. Listen to their stories, experiences, sharing, etc. with a deep understanding and in a appreciative way! Gives a sense of satisfaction.

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