When you love someone, we all know that you have to take the time to listen to this person’s needs. Whether you are in a romantic relationship or not, listening is essential to form a strong connection with anyone. We have all learned how to listen, but have we ever actually practiced compassionate listening?
You Have To Fulfill Each Element For Compassionate Listening To Happen
So, how is compassionate listening different? Well, for one, it is required when our partner, or any person close to us, unload most of the heavy feelings he or she is keeping. When you are in this situation, make sure to do the following:
1. Listen Attentively
Even if you already have a solution to your partner’s problem, make sure that you do not blurt it out as he or she is talking. Allow your partner to express everything. All you have to do in this situation is listen actively, nod a few times, and maintain eye contact.
2. Be Patient
There may be times when your partner does not know how to express her or himself. Its best not to put words into their mouth. Just wait for them to respond. Be patient, and allow the person to gather his or her own thoughts.
3. Reflective Responses
It’s always comforting to hear that your loved one understands exactly how you are feeling. To let your partner know that you do understand, say reflective phrases like, “I know how painful it is” or “I can see that you’re having a tough time.”
When you practice compassionate listening, your partner will feel like he or she will always have an ally in you. Your connection will deepen, and it’s more likely that he or she will practice compassionate listening when you are the one in need. For more reviews and tips, read other posts on the blog.