This Listening Exercise Could Change Your Life

by David Tillman

In our seminary Grief and Loss class, we did the following listening exercise.  It has changed my life. During the exercise, I realized I had been listening to others while at the same time always thinking in the background how I was going to help them fix the situation I was hearing about. Or I was listening to figure out which one of my stories I wanted to share which had been triggered by what the person was telling me. Reducing my need to fix or share my story has made me a better listener and made my life simpler. A huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I’m there to listen, not fix or share my stories. Here’s the details of the listening exercise. I hope you learn more about how you listen to others.

 

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