This morning I was watching my sister and her gorgeous little girl. They are so close and it really got me thinking about that special relationship between children and their mums.
I started to think about my Mum and what makes our relationship special.
For us the answer is understanding. Mum can always understand me. We are on the same wave length. And if she doesn’t understand at first she is always willing to listen.
The great thing is that I feel the same towards her. She can explain how she is feeling endlessly to me and I am interested and I really care.
Listening is a really Mindful quality. To be able to sit back and listen without interrupting is a real skill and something we can practise every day in every conversation.
I often challenge myself to do this. I naturally talk a lot so to focus on listening to others works my capacity to sit back and observe.
Give it a try today. Really focus on listening to others. You will be amazed at the extra interest added to your life and also at how good it feels to really take time to care about someone else.