January 22, 2019 – Los Banos Enterprise –

What the world needs now is not just love, sweet love, but listening – kind listening. If more people would listen attentively to others, the world would have less loneliness and anger and more peace and harmony.

Listening sounds easy. We do it every day. Our ears are always open. People talk to us all the time. But the kind of listening we need, the listening that could accomplish so much, is hard and rare.

There is a worldwide movement to practice empathic listening. Last year, for example, Great Britain created a new cabinet position, a “Minister of Loneliness.” The British prime minister explained her country needed to “address the loneliness endured by the elderly, by caregivers, by those who have lost loved ones – people who have no one to talk to or share their thoughts and experiences with.”

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Listening Seekers, what are your thoughts?

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