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Friday August 23, 2019
"When in doubt, take the cotton out of your ears and put it in
your mouth.” - Dan K

Listening is like reading. I have to concentrate on what is being
said. When I am reading, I have to concentrate on the written
word. If I am thinking about other matters while attempting to
read, I learn nothing. Since I am basically a day dreamer, I
needed help learning to listen. I would spend time thinking about
what I was going to say, and not hear a word being said. I was
told to make eye contact with the person who was sharing. I was
told to concentrate on the words being shared. It took practice
for me. In the beginning, I was lucky if I could remember their
names. My next recollection was how members introduced
themselves. I guess you could say that I was easily amused. I was
learning to listen. I started to realize that listening is a
skill. Anybody can hear. Listening took practice. I was told to
follow along with the readings by reading along with them in the
book. This was very helpful. With these new simple behaviors, I
learned to listen and listen to learn.

“So when you are listening to somebody, completely, attentively,
then you are listening not only to the words, but also to the
feeling of what is being conveyed, to the whole of it, not part
of it.”- Jiddu Krishnamurti


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