Listening… An Act of Love!

To be in the Thinking Environment as described by Nancy Kline, Founder of the Thinking Environment and Time To Think® is to be able to listen. Listen with profound attention, ease and respect among other things. To be truly listened to without interruption is supreme. Being listened to like this results in creative thinking, it ignites thinking.  How often do we just not listen. How much of our strife in our lives is as a result of us not listening to each other. To describe listening like this I feel compelled to share a poem by John Fox, for me, this is the  essence of what it feels like to be truly listened to.


When someone deeply listens to you

  It is like holding out a dented cup

  You’ve had since childhood

  And watching it fill up with

  Cold, fresh water.

  When it balances on top of the brim,

  You are understood.

  When it overflows and touches your skin,

  You are loved.

  When someone deeply listens to you

  The room where you stay

  Starts a new life

  And the place where you wrote

  your first poem

  begins to glow in your mind’s eye.

  It is as if gold has been discovered!

  When someone deeply listens to you

  Your bare feet are on the earth

  And a beloved land that seemed distant

  Is now at home within you.

John Fox

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