Isn’t communication an art? To me it’s something that is constantly crafted. Have you heard the statement, ‘You can’t give someone something you don’t give yourself.” To me listening, to one self, is just as valuable as being able to listen to others. Do I heed my emotional/spiritual/physical/energetic needs? Do I understand them or seek to understand them or do I just drown them out, ignore and avoid? This is the canvas I’ve created as my starting point after much trial and error.
Listen without judgment
Listen without expectation
Listen with acceptance
Listen just to be there
Ask and engage versus stating and telling
Think deliberately before responding, perhaps pause and ponder