“You can practice deep listening in order to relieve the suffering in us, and in the other person. That kind of listening is described as compassionate listening. You listen only for the purpose of relieving suffering in the other person.“
Thich Nhat Hanh
I’m working on developing a structured mindfulness meditation group and I found this story. I think it so beautifully and simply captures the importance of listening.
A family was out to dinner and the waitress asked the little girl what she wanted to order.
The little girl smiled and said, “I want a hot dog, some fries, and a coke.”
Without a moment passing her father looked at the waitress and said, “She’ll have meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and milk.”
The waitress looked at the little girl and said, “What’ll you have on that hot dog?”
With big eyes and a smile the little girl exclaimed, “She thinks I’m real!”