How was your last conversation with a friend or family member? Did you tell a story? Did you really listen? And did you ask questions?
We sometimes think about what to say next, mentally check our to-do list or plan our next meal while we talk to someone.
You've been on the other side. Did you ever talk with somebody and felt that they are not fully there, with you, in the present moment?
Mindfulness means to be aware of the present moment, non-judgementally. This includes talking to and, more important, listening to others.
It changes not only your feelings when you practice mindful listening. Your conversation partner notices you're genuinely interested in what they wish to tell you, and that you're not only waiting for your next turn to speak.
"The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers." - Thich Nhat Hanh
Be present when you talk with someone. Understand what they think and how they are feeling. Ask questions. Paraphrase what they say. Show empathy. Be compassionate.
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Weekly Mindfulness Practice
You can do this in one conversation, or try it for a full day:
In your conversation, don't talk about yourself without the other person asking. Instead, just be curious about the other person. Be fully present and try to thoroughly understand your conversation partner.
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