Learn how to listen, let the silence hang
When you learn how to listen, you shut up. This has the added benefit of increasing your input, and if you’re surrounding yourself with people smarter than you, that can only be a good thing.
Some people try to assert their intelligence by showing how well they can talk, be that by using speed or big words, but sometimes (most of the time) it has the opposite effect.
There is an unspoken rule among humans that we can’t let silence hang. Some people take this rule to heart. What then happens is that the conversation is filled with filler, not things that actually help the conversation. Let the silence hang, speak when you have something to say.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hi, I’m Tim Bunting AKA the Kiwi Yamabushi, a New Zealander who became a Yamabushi Ascetic in the Dewa Sanzan mountains of north Japan. I’m part of the Yamabushido team, and we host life-altering Yamabushi training on the Dewa Sanzan (website link). People come to us for the ultimate mindfulness experience, to reach the next level, or simply connect with nature and themselves.
I’m on a mission to summit all 100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata Prefecture to spread the splendour of this fabulous location, and in dedication to all those who lost their lives out in nature, including my father.
On my daily blog I post thoughts of a practicing Yamabushi that I hope people can use to better themselves and live as fulfilling a life as possible.
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