listening in silence….

I learned something new today…

I did not know that the word listen uses the same letters as the word silent.

I love that….

I have always known to be a good listener, you must be silent while listening….

But I have also learned that to be a good listener is not only about silencing my voice…

I have learned that to be a good listener, I must silence my voice, my mind and my heart. It has taken me lots of practice to know how to settle myself enough to really hear when I am listening. I want to be able to offer specific words back, be curious about the layers of what is being shared and listen for where I may want to say, tell me more about this or that….

I must remember to set aside judgement and thoughts that I want to be sure to share….

I must remember that to listen well is to not finish the story or add insight into the story based on what I am thinking or feeling…

And so, I find it simply fascinating  that silence has the same letters as listen. Simply fascinating!