Rebecca Z. Shafir

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The Zen of Listening: Mindf...

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“Many of us would like to see an end to discrimination of all kinds, happier families, and a safer, more harmonious future for our children. But how can we as individuals make a difference? We can begin by learning to listen in a mindful way. Listening is the first step in making people feel valued. Mindful listening allows us to do more than take in peoples words; it helps us better understand the how and why of their views. When understanding occurs, a sense of calm is achieved on both sides, even if no point of agreement is reached. From understanding, respect and trust for one another are possible; we are free to open our minds and widen the scope of potential solutions.”
Rebecca Z. Shafir, The Zen of Listening: Mindful Communication in the Age of Distraction

“The lack of self-listening is often the cause of communication breakdown. If we could hear our words and comments through the ears of our listeners, we would be appalled at the overgeneralizations, the inaccuracies, and the insensitive, negative comments we make about ourselves and others. Learning to carefully select our words plays a major role in presenting ourselves in a favorable light, getting along well with others, and effectively getting the job done. When we make self-deprecating remarks about our looks, intelligence, or competence, we reveal an unhealthy mindset, chip away at our self-confidence, and create the wrong impressions, setting the stage for us not to be taken seriously.”
Rebecca Z. Shafir, The Zen of Listening: Mindful Communication in the Age of Distraction

“Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us worthy evidence of the fact. —George Eliot”
Rebecca Z. Shafir, The Zen of Listening: Mindful Communication in the Age of Distraction




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