“The more faithfully you listen to the voice within you, the better you will hear what is happening outside” –Dag Hammerskojld
Listening seems to be one of those things that is highly underrated in western countries. It’s talking, having something to say and saying it effectively, that is valued. And, of course, being an effective speaker is a great thing. However, the results of such a lop-sided view of communication is that many of us have developed into superb talkers but poor listeners, and therefore we have difficulty finding a good listener to listen to us. Even more basically and painfully, few of us have any idea how it is possible to listen to ourselves. We may then be forever searching for the listener of our dreams to give us a sense of completion, not realizing when we think we’ve met them, that they too are primarily or exclusively interested in someone who will listen to them.
This 8-week program aims to return a bit more balance and reality to our communication styles–for both those who believe they talk too much or inappropriately and those who frequently leave conversations feeling frustrated with themselves for not having said what they really wanted to. Listening beyond words to our own and others’ desires, hopes, needs, fears and dreams, helps us move to a deeper sense of ourselves and our relationships.
The eight weeks will follow a development from why it is important to be able to listen to strategies on how that may be achieved. All activities are voluntary and confidentiality, mutual respect and support are priorities.