We got the smallest bit of snow and the roads are clear, but it's a #snowday for all the #Cville kids today. 10 Ways To Channel Summer is on the blog - what perfect timing! If you can't go to the Caribbean, bring the Caribbean to you! #summer#tropical#winterblues // https://www.katheats.com/10-ways-channel-summer
It's snowing in #cville! And it's perfect for Listening Tip #3: Listen to your environment. Huh?
When we are determined to listen to someone else, we put a sharp focus on that person. We lean forward, look intently across the table, and put all of our attention on the other person. It's kind of like a first date where two people are so focused on each other that they have no sense of the waiter trying to take their order or the family arguing at the table over. When you listen like this, you have no sense of the outside world. You don't even know it's snowing outside!
That type of listening is important, but if you want to go deeper, you'll tune your awareness into your environment as well. You'll receive information from everywhere all at once. This type of listening (known as Level 3) includes everything you can observe with your senses: what you see, smell, hear, and feel. •
This type of listening takes patience and practice; for most of us it's a totally new way of listening. Unlike the first date type of listening, in Level 3, you have a soft focus. You are reading the room and picking up on the impact you're having. In this state, you can tune in your intuition, and even if you can't articulate exactly what it is you are sensing, you can use it to deepen your connection with the other person.
In Level 3, you are listening to the nuances and including the energy and emotion that is spoken and unspoken. You see the snow falling, you sense the quiet it's bringing to your neighborhood, you smell the wintry mix, and you feel the comfort and chill of the cold winter's day.