In reflecting back on my life as an educator and parent, I can say I have observed myself become a better listener. I have always struggled with timing in a conversation, and end up interrupting. Not my intention, but wanting to connect and contribute to the conversation, I would mess it up and come off as interrupting. I have learned to step aside and just listen from the heart to generate presence of in the moment and be receptive to the emotions and experience that is generated from the listening. I would call "generative listening" heart listening. When we listen with pure intention to receive from the heart, the experience is transformative. The saying, 'Listen to your heart' has wisdom in it. Not from an empathy or relational perspective, but from a place of pure intention and receptiveness.
On Feb 2, 2023 Shelley wrote :