Art of Listening

Critical listeners dry you up. — Toru Sato

Becoming silent or quiet forms the beginning of listening. As the mind draws still and actions pause, a space forms allowing the other person to speak and be heard.

Those who are thinking during conversation in order to achieve the perfect critical response statement destroy the moment. It is lost. And the other, fearing another critical shot, dries up.

But creative listening, the sort of thing that springs from quiet, allows and even encourages the other to be themselves. With all the good and bad, the nice them and the angry them, the happy them and the discouraged them.

That listening opens the fountain within the other.

Thoughts prodded by reading from Two, One, None by Toru Sato.

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