Listening attentively also means putting down the phone and focusing on the person. We’ve lost the ability to have real conversations. It is not possible to understand what a person is saying if your consciousness is multi-tasking on writing out a text message to someone else. And listening is more than using the ears; listen and observe with your whole body, without interpreting what you are hearing filtered through your own belief system.
I lost hearing in my right ear the summer of 2015. It happened like a giant boom in my head. I woke up with static and then it felt like an explosion. It didn’t hurt. It didn’t sting. It just felt like nothing was coming in. A doctor checked it out and suggested drops. There was no permanent damage. I feel I just stopped listening to things that were happening around me. I started to tune out and it became permanent.
Throughout the last few years I’ve had moments when I felt sensations. I’ve had energy work done to it and sound has started to move through in those moments. I don’t really pay attention to it until someone is mumbling, or they speak really low, or they aren’t in front of me so I can read their lips. That’s when I realize that the sound is being muffled.
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