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InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration

April 21, 2023

The focus for today's is:

I take the time to listen.

Listening goes far beyond accurately hearing another person's words, although that's the starting point. Because people feel vulnerable, they often say things in guarded or indirect ways. It often takes a concerted effort to identify a person's real message.

Loving listening is an important skill, and it takes time and practice to master. Often we don't want to hear what another person is saying because if we really listened, we would be obliged to take that person's feelings and needs seriously. 

Take the time to listen, to consider what's being said, to gain clarity, and to frame direct but loving responses. Communication takes time -- and deserves the time it takes. 

Today's inspiration was excerpted from the InnerSelf.com article:
     Tips for Better Communication in Families
     Written by Eric Maisel.
Read the complete article here.

This is Marie T. Russell, publisher of InnerSelf.com, wishing you a day of taking the time to listen (today and every day)

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The focus for today: Today, I take the time to listen.

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RECOMMENDED BOOK: 20 Communication Tips for Families

20 Communication Tips for Families: A 30-Minute Guide to a Better Family Relationship
by Eric Maisel.

 Aimed at busy parents who want to improve their relationships with their spouses and children, 20 Communication Tips for Families lays out in simple terms commonsense ideas that can apply to any family: be direct but kind; don't let your stress do the talking; the first duty of love is to listen; and more.

A short explanation follows each tip, expanding on it and giving concrete examples of how to implement it.

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About the Author

Eric Maisel, Ph.D.Eric Maisel, Ph.D., is a licensed marriage and family therapist, national certified counselor, and faculty member of St. Mary's College (Moraga, California). In addition to his counseling work with individuals, couples, and families, Dr. Maisel is a nationally known creativity consultant whose books include: Fearless CreatingA Life in the ArtsDeep WritingAffirmations for ArtistsFearless PresentingLiving the Writer's LifeSleep Thinking, and The Creativity Book. Dr. Maisel is available to speak about family communication problems and solutions. 

Visit his website: http://www.ericmaisel.com.