Listening Even when You Have Something to Say

Photo by Daniele Levis Pelusi

Listening is an active act of engaging with someone, of connecting with them. More than speaking, it can bond people in a profound way. Two people speaking will meet, speak and part ways without having shared anything with each other. Two people listening form a spiritual connection that the violence of the spoken word can break. We hear people saying ‘You should be listening more’ on an accusatory tone. But it takes words to accuse and silence to understand.