To listen with my whole being

I am an art reporter and listening is an important part of my job.  After reading books by Richard Branson and watching a Ted Talk by Celeste Headlee, I became more interested in the art of listening. I’ve also encountered a new aspect of it and that is listening with one’s whole being.

I don’t know where I read it, but I remember its basic tenets. When one listens, we should not just pay attention to words, but we should also listen with our eyes and our other senses. If the person fidgets, it can add another layer to the meaning of his or her words. If you sense something else about that person, you can either believe him or not. This is another challenge for me, and I hope that, by trying to listen that way, I will learn more things about life.

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