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The Listening Tour

Posted by [email protected] on 15 April, 2017 at 22:45

This topic was inspired from a radio talk of a person going on a “Listening Tour”. Implying just go and listen to thoughts, concerns, ideas , without finding justifications but with the mindset of reaching out and understanding. I decided I need to go on my own listening tour both intrinsically and extrinsically. Extrinsically it implies listening to my loved ones and intrinsically listening to my body, mind and soul.


As I started my tour, I was reminded of a quote, “The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand, we listen to reply”. I made a commitment reminding myself of the principle of listening. I will listen. I will not find reasons or excuses to justify myself. I will simply listen and seek to understand.


The question I asked on my listening tour – starting with my loved one, my husband was “Is there anything I do that annoys you?” My husband’s first reaction was “Is this a trick question? Am I in trouble”? He is funny! As I explained my context, he mentioned that I could pay more attention to cleaning and picking up after myself. I have taken the feedback seriously. Part of the issue is, I don’t even notice it. So now, as I leave a room, I put my “Pranav” cap on to figure out what would he see. I think he will say I have improved!


I have then asked my mom if she notices anything that I need to work on. She responded I need to pay more attention to being gentle. As I get crunched to complete an activity, I start getting edgy and blunt. I sure know that is true! I am still working on it.


The other question I ask on the listening tour is – “Is there any advice you would give me at this moment?” My husband would say “Find your happiness” and I would say “Focus on staying blissful”.


I start my intrinsic journey and ask, what is my body telling me? I do the body scan. I listen. I hear the body wants to be pampered (may be massage is overdue) and pushed (exercising).


On the listening tour with my mind and soul, I hear continue to find your quiet time and continue to listen! Let the tour become a frequent phenomenon.


Being on the listening tour has been fun. How would you feel on embarking on your own listening tour?



I am here

To listen

Attentively

Fully



I am here

To hear

To learn

To improve



I am here

Now

Asking for your advice

To commit

And to grow


Categories: Surrender, Courage, Happiness

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274 Comments

Reply Anurag
16:15 on 25 April, 2017 
Beautiful.

Caution 1 - Let the listening not fall on deaf ears.

Caution 2 - 'tunde tunde matir bhinna' = each head has its own opinion, each tongue its own idiosyncrasy - mind well - give a benefit of doubt to the heard - but let it all not be a doorway you open for anyone with an opinion to treat you like a dirt mat - usually you will find that once when you open your ears, mind and heart to someone, rare will it be that you get good counsel, mostly words and acts will reaffirm what you know. Yet others will simply gloat because a genuine listener is found
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