Recently, Amanda and I have going through the Alpha Marriage course with our church. One of the sessions early on talked about “active listening.” In our increasingly loud and fast-paced culture, it’s difficult to actually listen to what your spouse (or anyone else) is saying sometimes!

It was a great session. So is this related TED video:

In our louder and louder world, says sound expert Julian Treasure, “We are losing our listening.” In this short, fascinating talk, Treasure shares five ways to re-tune your ears for conscious listening — to other people and the world around you.

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  1. Careful / Creative listening is a much needed craft —

    It works only if we stop creating an answer, or objection

    before the speaker if finished!!

    • I’m finding myself using the “active listening” technique whenever I am in conversations with people. The one relationship in which I really need to work on it is definitely my marriage. But it’s amazing to see how rephrasing what someone says and redirecting deeper questions based on what they just said is really honoring to the person and it creates understanding… remarkable!

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