Deep Listening …..
Last week as I was driving with my daughter Faith she was telling me about her day and she stops mid-sentence and says:
"Are you listening to me?"
Indeed, I was listening and interested. But it has caused me to reflect on why she would ask?
I can't help but think of how as a culture we are so attached to our phones.
One time I was driving and my older daughter was texting while we were talking.
I asked her to please be mindful to me while we are talking. To which she responded:
"I am mindfully listening mom. I am unmindfully texting!"
We develop the ability and the skill to pay attention, to listen deeply and to respond in a mindful, beautiful way on our yoga mats not really so we can be glorified asana (posture) practitioners, but rather so we can share life with others in a present, heart-felt, embodied way.
May it be so.