Time is a constant companion in our life and work. Most of us are very conscious of time wherever we are. It easily creates pressures when we are almost out of time, and frustration when we spend so much time waiting in line or waiting for something or someone to arrive. Listening is a constant sensory experience unless we are deaf. Our ears are monitoring sounds 24/7. Hearing and listening can delight us with the whispers of sweet nothings, statements of wonder and wisdom, or dramatic symphonic musical magic. And there are times when we hear blasts, crashes or shrieks of pain and disaster that we wish we couldn’t hear. Let’s consider thinking deeper about time and listening.
One route to a deeper understanding of time is the study of time management skills. Time management can be a very productive and enjoyable journey to take. I highly recommend it. A different course of consideration is to increase the meaning and depth of time as related to time-shifting, the changing of pace, and going beyond time limits. As you approach an activity or project at home or at work, focus on what you will be doing and dismiss any consideration of time. This will require thinking with a different and deeper perception of time. It will require creating situations where time is absent, limitless and powerless. Can you imagine that? Take a moment to conceive of time as absent, limitless and powerless. (More next week.)
Listening is paying attention to the sounds and words we hear. Active listening is giving our full, intentional attention to hearing without ignoring, pretending or rehearsing while listening. Listening includes being aware of our inner voice of conscience, the sounds of nature and the sounds of silence.
Here are some thoughts regarding going deeper in our thinking about listening.
• It can start with asking questions about what you have heard such as, who, what, how, where, when and why? The practice of asking the question “Why?” multiple times is a method of Japanese management to gain greater understanding and to go deeper with awareness and listening.
• Observing non-verbal expressions, gestures and movements of body language can deepen our listening.
• What about using higher consciousness and intuition? Are those a part of your life experience at home or work? Time to ponder. (More next week.)
As we build, enhance and enrich our relationships with customers, coworkers, friends and family, what do you see as the benefits of achieving deeper and more meaningful perceptions and experiences of time and listening? If we go into a place of business that is comfortable and enjoyable, might that change our experience of time? What if we really felt that we were being listened to, would we be more likely to make a purchase? Can a different and deeper perception of time and listening create tranquility, creativity and refreshment at home and at work?
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