‘To listen is to lean in softly

With the willingness to be changed by what we hear.’

Mark Nepo

In a way listening is quite a vulnerable position. It requires us to stop planning what we’re going to say or managing what the other person’s saying. It requires openness to receive our own response to what is being said. It may be sadness, anger or discomfort. Listening means putting down control. It’s not a small thing to do.