Listening happens, but being good at listening takes focus and hard work. We learn reading and writing early in our school lives but, when it comes to learning listening most of us only hear “sit down and listen” or something more colorful. The extent of our schooling in the art of listening is lacking, and it should come as no surprise most of us are not great listeners.
My only resolution as this New Year (2015) unfolds in all its excitement, tradition and cheer is to engage more deeply with people and with the earth, so I’m writing this post with a rather cryptic title in the hope of engaging with you on a deeper level.
Journal writing is one tool that can take you and by extension your team into a deeper level in Dialogue Practice. Journal Writing burnishes Dialogue Practice.
As a child I often went camping with friends, sometimes the trip was no further than the backyard of my parents house, other times I traveled hundreds of miles to pitch a tent or roll out my sleeping bag under the stars. These trips were a magical time when we’d let the world fall away replacing it with our unlimited imaginations, we’d replace the world by tapping into the stream of creativity. What I learned about creativity on those long ago journeys was that everyone is connected to the stream of creativity, no one is left on the side of the road devoid of this connection.