Try free for 7 days.

Mindfulness.com
Meditation
See all Meditation

Browse

Top articles

How to Meditate: Meditation 101 for Beginners

10 Science-Backed Benefits of Meditation

What is Meditation?

Mindful LivingSleep
Community

Already have an account?

Sign in

00:00

00:00

Are We Really Listening?

Personalized support for learning how to integrate mindfulness into your life. Delivered fresh everyday by our world renowned experts. Choose meditation duration:

Hey friends, welcome to your Daily Mindfulness. Question. When was the last time you felt truly seen and heard by someone? Can you remember what that felt like? Perhaps you can remember a feeling of really being cared about, um, maybe you felt relaxed, calm, and open. So just take a moment to really remember that experience. You know, when someone gives us their undivided attention, the message that it sends is I'm here for you, I'm listening, I care.

But that kind of attentiveness is becoming quite rare these days. And so when listening to another person, we're often there in body or we're not fully present. You know really often, we're actually not truly listening to them at all. We're caught up in our own mind chatter, and maybe we're judging what they're saying, mentally agreeing or disagreeing, thinking about what we want to say next. Sometimes we even interrupt or become impatient, or we just insert our own opinions instead of really listening.

And the people that we do this with the most, of course, are the people who are closest to us. So one of the most simple and powerful mindfulness practices that I know of is mindful listening. We human beings, we're social creatures. We're always talking to each other. We're always communicating.

And so we have a lot of opportunities to practice this. So here's my invitation for today. The next time you're with a loved one or a coworker, try using that time as an exercise in mindful listening. Simply see if you can give them your undivided attention, really listen to what they're saying. Try to fully understand them, give them a space to be seen and heard.

And just like in meditation practice, if you find your mind wandering off, judging what they're saying, that's not a problem. Just gently bring your focus back to the listening, just like you would in meditation. And you're going to notice that people really appreciate it deeply when you listen to them. And you'll also find as a bonus that when it's your turn to speak, it's much more likely that they'll listen to you in the same way and kind of pick up on the vibe. The greatest gift that you can give the people in your life is your attention.

And in a world where there's so much disconnection and distraction, mindful listening gives us back the possibility of genuine connection, authenticity and love in our lives.

Melli O'Brien

4.7

Are We Really Listening?

Personalized support for learning how to integrate mindfulness into your life. Delivered fresh everyday by our world renowned experts. Choose meditation duration:

Duration

Your default time is based on your progress and is changed automatically as you practice.

Hey friends, welcome to your Daily Mindfulness. Question. When was the last time you felt truly seen and heard by someone? Can you remember what that felt like? Perhaps you can remember a feeling of really being cared about, um, maybe you felt relaxed, calm, and open. So just take a moment to really remember that experience. You know, when someone gives us their undivided attention, the message that it sends is I'm here for you, I'm listening, I care.

But that kind of attentiveness is becoming quite rare these days. And so when listening to another person, we're often there in body or we're not fully present. You know really often, we're actually not truly listening to them at all. We're caught up in our own mind chatter, and maybe we're judging what they're saying, mentally agreeing or disagreeing, thinking about what we want to say next. Sometimes we even interrupt or become impatient, or we just insert our own opinions instead of really listening.

And the people that we do this with the most, of course, are the people who are closest to us. So one of the most simple and powerful mindfulness practices that I know of is mindful listening. We human beings, we're social creatures. We're always talking to each other. We're always communicating.

And so we have a lot of opportunities to practice this. So here's my invitation for today. The next time you're with a loved one or a coworker, try using that time as an exercise in mindful listening. Simply see if you can give them your undivided attention, really listen to what they're saying. Try to fully understand them, give them a space to be seen and heard.

And just like in meditation practice, if you find your mind wandering off, judging what they're saying, that's not a problem. Just gently bring your focus back to the listening, just like you would in meditation. And you're going to notice that people really appreciate it deeply when you listen to them. And you'll also find as a bonus that when it's your turn to speak, it's much more likely that they'll listen to you in the same way and kind of pick up on the vibe. The greatest gift that you can give the people in your life is your attention.

And in a world where there's so much disconnection and distraction, mindful listening gives us back the possibility of genuine connection, authenticity and love in our lives.

Melli O'Brien

4.7

Duration

Play in-app

Scan the following QR code with your camera app to open it on our mobile app

Recommended for you

Get Unlimited Access

Start your mindfulness journey today.

A Mindfulness Plus+ subscription gives you unlimited access to a world of premium mindfulness content.

  • Over 1,800 meditations, sleep, calm music, naturescapes and more
  • Daily mindfulness video meditations 365 days a year
  • 100s of courses and tools to help manage anxiety, sleep and stress

Email Missing

We couldn’t detect your email with the SSO provider you have selected.
or

Mindfulness Guarantee

We are here to make a positive impact on the world. We never want to sell you something that hasn’t helped you live a better life. That’s why if you’re unhappy with any purchase from us, you have 30 days to get a full refund and your money back.

If you subscribed to Mindfulness Plus+ and are unhappy with your purchase, please get in contact with us within the 30-day period and we’ll refund your purchase.


Learn more about our Mindfulness Guarantee.

Mindfulness

Bring balance into your everyday life.

We believe in a world where everybody has access to the life-changing skills of mindfulness.

  • 2,000+ Guided Meditations
  • Daily Coaching
  • Sleep Content
  • Mindful Exercises
  • Mindful Radio
  • 10+ Courses from world-class teachers

Private Browsing

Added to your cart!

Checkout

Thank you for joining us

Congratulations on your subscription! Dive into the full library and enjoy all it has to offer.

Claim your free access

Create a mindfulness account and we’ll unlock this premium session in your account forever.

or continue with
By continuing, you agree to our terms of service and privacy policy.

Do you already have an account?

Start a free trial to play this session

7-Days free trial, cancel anytime.

Finish personalizing your account

Complete a few quick questions to make your own personalized mindfulness plan.

Sign up or login to your mindfulness account to proceed.

or continue with
By continuing, you agree to our terms of service and privacy policy.

Do you already have an account?

Mindfulness

One membership to gain access to a world of premium mindfulness content created to help you live happier and stress less.

  • 2000+ Guided Meditations
  • Courses from world-class teachers
  • Resources for Stress + Anxiety
  • Breathing exercises, gratitude practices, relaxation techniques
  • Sleep meditations, playlists, stories
  • Mindful talks, podcasts, music, nature sounds