What is listening?

We want to be heard, we want our view to be listened to, we want our view to be right, we want others to understand us, we want to be the focus…It’s all about our story, our views, our experiences, our day, our woes and so on.

Amazingly, so does everyone else. Therein lies the challenge…everyone wants to be understood and understood before anyone else. We want to be first, of course, that is what our ego wants. We think listening is for others.

If you stop and observe most human interaction it is a group of talking bodies all trying to be heard, some waiting but only so they can jump in with their point. Then some just plainly not even bothering to hide their disinterest until it’s their turn. All are not actually hearing the other, they are all just thinking ‘how does this affect me’ or thinking what they want to say next. It is a collection of unconscious human minds all driven by their egos talking at each other.

It is no surprise that human communication is often not very good and is painful for most. It isn’t creating more understanding, there is more misinformation, miscommunication and misunderstanding than ever. All in our silos and bubbles of our own opinions never hearing another.

Maybe if we choose to understand the other person first, perhaps listening first, perhaps observing another without the need to label and judge them, without the need to evaluate how it affects us and our story. Maybe we could simply observe without evaluation and simply hear their words and absorb them, not just awaiting to speak.

Listening isn’t thinking time of what to say next or to think about other things. Listening is silently observing and understanding another human soul with no agenda or purpose other than to understand another first. To respect another soul and hear them not through the filters of our mind but to consciously hear them now with our minds clear.

Amazingly, when we listen and truly understand another first, they are more willing to understand us and a connection is made between two or more souls and not a disconnection of fighting and hostile unconscious minds that we mistakingly think is conversation and communication.

Understanding is about empathy and empathy requires listening with no evaluation.

Collide

I am doing #inktober again this year, where there is a daily prompt and you have to do an ink drawing and share it to Instagram.

Today’s prompt was ‘collide’ and that got me thinking that most humans ‘collide’ when communicating rather than meshing or melding or gliding together.

Communication, most of which is actually not verbal, is one of the things that humans are most challenged by, yet it is one of the main parts of our everyday life.

Communication is so ego driven from the filters in our mind that portray the story of ‘little me’ in our head and to the exterior world. This means that we rarely sense, see or hear the other person as we are so wrapped up in our story. The thing is, so is the other person, so we ‘collide’.

If we seek to understand and listen to other person, if we let go of our story and free ourselves from the ego, we can communicate with others without collision.