” Listen to the good. Tune your ears to love, hope and courage. Tune out gossip, fear and resentment.
Listen to the beautiful. Relax to the music of the masters; listen to the symphony of nature – the hum of the wind in the treetops, bird songs, thundering surf.
Listen with your eyes. Imaginatively listen to the sounds in a poem, a novel, a picture.
Listen critically. Mentally challenge assertions, ideas, philosophies. Seek truth with an open mind.
Listen with patience. Do not hurry the other person. Show him the courtesy of listening to what he has to say, no matter how much you may disagree. You may learn something.
Listen with your heart. Practice empathy when you listen;put yourself in the other person’s place and try to hear his problem in your heart.
Listen for growth. Be an inquisitive listener. Ask questions. Everyone has something to say which will help you to grow.
Listen creatively. Listen carefully for ideas or the germs of ideas. Listen for hints or clues which will spark creative projects.
Listen to yourself. Listen to your deepest yearnings, your highest aspirations, your noblest impulses. Listen to the better man within you.
Listen with depth. Be still and meditate. Listen with the ear of intuition for the inspiration of the Infinite.”
Wilfred. A. Peterson
From: The New Book of the Art of Living.