Health and Wellness

Listen Up: Five Ways to Listen Better

listen upI am impatient. My husband, kids, mother, friends, will back me up on that.  I don’t know the beginnings of my feverish ways. Sometimes it has been a blessing (my work is always done on time and I excel at multitasking), but mostly it is a burden.  I was having coffee the other day with a dear friend and she remarked that I seemed more “hyper”. I blamed it on my triple americano, but after thinking about it, I had to agree.  I am hyper. I don’t like it and I need to slow down.  What must I do?

For starters, I needed to be quiet, and listen.


I know how to listen professionally, but I knew I could be a better listener. And, I wanted to maybe hear God’s voice.  I’ve always believed that God can be heard in stillness. If I am constantly plugged in, working, teaching, full throttle rushing through my days, then I forfeit any hope of hearing the one voice I needed to hear the most.

Mother Teresa said,

In the silence of the heart God speaks. If you face God in prayer and silence, God will speak to you. Then you will know that you are nothing. It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God can fill you with Himself.

I am impatient, but working on it. I am listening to my family, my friends, my God.  It is marvelous to distinguish their voices, and yes, my heart has heard God speak.  Now that I know what I’m listening for it’s so easy to hear. Are you impatient too, or do you struggle with listening?  Start by watching this enlightening TED video by Julian Treasure on five ways to listen better. It’s only seven minutes long. You will be inspired, and will be a much better listener when you are done.

By Kathy

I am a Nurse Practitioner from Rochester, NY presently working in both the inpatient and outpatient hospital psychiatric settings.