“Empathy is… accessible to all of us, but we have to give ourselves the opportunity to identify, to plunge ourselves in a story where we see the world from the bottom up or through another’s eyes or heart.” –Sue Monk Kidd
Listen Deeply: Sound experts remark that we spend 60 percent of our time listening, yet we only retain 25 percent of what we hear. In an age rich with information, we subconsciously create filters to prioritize where we place our attention, to tune out signal from noise. Oftentimes, our minds and eyes and ears take in elements of our environment that are relevant and familiar, but we may easily overlook the worldview of quiet souls in the background, whose daily realities may be starkly unlike our own. Today, take time to notice people or situations that you usually do not pay attention to. Ask a barista or security official how their day is going. Converse with a janitor or street sweeper or the vendor selling you your groceries. Or, with an open heart, gently invite someone with a hearing impairment or learning disability to share about their day. Notice whether the more deeply you listen, the more openly they share from the heart. What new perspectives did you hear today?
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