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Learn to Listen
Commentary by Peter Shepherd
The components of a compassionate relationship are communication, understanding and empathy. This applies to ourselves too; we need to really listen to our heartfelt feelings and inner knowing.
Our growth in general depends on opening up - to learn from our experiences, from our emotions, from our intuition and inner guidance, from other people's viewpoints and discoveries. To listen is to be in the present - and to be meaningfully present.
Listening means considering what the other is saying with an open mind, not just hearing their words, and only then asking questions to clarify and understand more deeply. We don't have to agree but for a caring relationship, we do have to understand.
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