On how to listen…

January 27, 2013

Sharing a quote a cyberfriend posted on Fb:

“I’ve got a challenging assignment for you… I am inviting you to cultivate a special kind of receptivity — a rigorously innocent openness to experience that will allow you to be penetrated by life’s beauty with sublime intensity. To understand the exact nature of this receptivity, study Abraham Maslow’s definition of real listening: to listen ‘without presupposing, classifying, improving, controverting, evaluating, approving or disapproving, without dueling what is being said, without rehearsing the rebuttal in advance, without free-associating to portions of what is being said so that succeeding portions are not heard at all.'” (Rob Breszny – I’m not into Astrology but this cyberfriend of mine is! Anyway, Breszny’s reflection here is a very good. I also use / got to the idea “innocent openness”! It’s amazing! I bet many more people will, then!)

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