Today I was re-reading one of my favorite tales from the book “A Monastery Within: Tales From The Buddhist Path”. The story is short so I will share it in full.

“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.”

Ernest Hemingway

The opposite of listening is waiting to speak. I know my own opinion, my wants, and my needs, but do I know my friend’s? Did I have an intention to listen and understand or did I want to speak up?

Genuine listening means emotionally connecting with a person.

Genuine listening is giving a person my open-minded, wholehearted attention. To be able to fully accept a contrary opinion. Listening is being able to be changed by the other person.

We are the stories we tell to ourselves.