Attention is sacred listening.
It is one of the greatest gifts we can give to ourselves and to others. When we give our attention, we are completely present and open, while our focus is on understanding another person’s perspective. Understanding does not mean agreeing with the other person’s perspective.
Giving our full attention also means abstaining from giving advice, unless the other person directly asks for it.
Lastly, Miss Manners comes into play when we give our attention, therefore interrupting and pushing the other to hurry up and get to the point is abandoned.
According to neuroscientists, when we practice deep listening, the person who is being heard experiences a “cooling down” or slowing in the activity of the amygdala. The amygdala is the “primitive” part of our brain that processes fear and produces the “fight-or-flight” response when we feel threatened.
The simple act of attentively listening to another person, calms the person that we are listening to and reduces their stress.
Have you been looking for the perfect gift to give?
Consider giving the gift of sacred listening now! And a side effect of deep listening is evolving relationships… how sweet is that?