Hearing and Listening
By: Sangeeta Maheshwari
Certified Metaphysics Practioner
Author | Inner-Happiness Mentor
Future Hope School
1/8, Rowland Road, Lala Lajpat Rai Sarani, Kolkata, West Bengal 700020, India
04-06 February 2020
This was my 7th trip in the last 17 months to Future Hope, Kolkata. Each time I spend three days with the children from class 7 till class 12 and the teachers and staff members, on building soft skills in life in other words upgrading ‘our inner software’.
To be honest over this period, I have learnt so much about life from them, as they have seen, experienced and faced life in a fashion we cannot comprehend. Their instincts, street smartness and perceptions have been constantly sharpened to protect them from dangers and threats we cannot even imagine. In many ways, we live in a bubble and are unaware of ruthless challenges around. The more I connect with them, the more grateful, humble and accepting I find I am becoming as a person.
We often complain about trivial things missing in life and forget the real challenges and such interactions and exchanges of both worlds create trust, compassion and understanding of each other. As I try to understand their world through their lenses, they try to see my world through my eyes. Trust, courage and motivation flow through us.
This time we explored ‘Hearing and Listening’, their differences, benefits and usage in our daily lives. Through examples, we evaluated the need for both skills and how we incorrectly use both of them resulting in misunderstanding, breakups and disappointments in life.
We analysed the meaning of ‘Active listening’ and how it transforms our communication skills, relationships and opportunities.
On the third day, we touched upon ‘Empathy’ through storytelling and feeling each other’s pain and inspirations.
I feel grateful to Future Hope for opening their arms to me and looking forward to my visits as I look forward to sharing and caring about this beautiful journey of Life with them.
Take time out to listen to yourself and others and you will be amazed to see its magic.