Last night, after a near perfect beach day, I rolled out my yoga mat. No physical movement inspired me, so I just lay there, face down, stretched out, eyes closed.
I noticed the sound of chirping crickets. As I listened, I realized that the distinct throb of chirping was on a unified beat. Somehow, I knew this but never noticed it. Cool. Listening to the sound of summer was my entire practice, unexpected and delightful.
This morning, my public speaking feeds serendipitously led me to this TED talk by Julian Treasure. It’s about listening. We talk alot about the power and importance of listening in public speaking, as it is the heart of connection. It’s ironic that we are educated to read and write, but not to speak or listen.
You will learn from and enjoy this seven-minute video. Julian Treasure (great name!) is a grounded speaker, thinker and communicator. He offers five ways to increase your own conscious listening power. Plus (which is a plus), it ‘s clear to me he is a devoted yoga practitioner. Today I will practice his second suggestion, “mixer” to increase my awareness. Which will you chooses?