Listening Fully

Ever try listening to someone speak for five minutes without responding or interjecting? We practiced listening fully in my Shambhala meditation course today. It was amazingly eye-opening.

Try it sometime with a friend. Pick a topic that could be something you both care about. Time five minutes of talking/listening for each person. Take turns speaking genuinely and then listening fully. As you do this, watch yourself, your reactions, tendencies and discomforts.

You might learn a lot. I found it revelatory.