Take a moment, close your eyes and listen.
Listen with the intention to the sounds outside yourself without the chattering in your head.
Listen to the music, cars driving past your window, the voices of children as they play.
Listen to the planes flying overhead, the TV in the other room, the washing machine on spin cycle.
Listen to the wind outside your window, the coffee steaming as it brews, the clicking of the keypad next to you.
Listen to the sound of someone’s heavy walk, your partners sniffing, and the voice apologizing for disturbing you.
Listen to the silence, the palpable stillness, and the noise, which breaks the silence.
Listening with intention does not allow for thoughts to interfere, you are purely listening; there is no interpretations or judgments.
Listening with intention to your partner, colleague, child, parent, neighbor or boss means you step outside your self-limiting opinions, knee jerk reactions to respond, and need to defend.
Listening opens your mind to new possibilities, new ideas and a deeper connection in your relationships.
Listening with intention slows the world down and makes sense of it without the distractions of your thoughts and impulse to speak when listening is necessary.