What level of involvement do you have in the relationship?
How involved are you in your personal relationships? What level of involvement do you have in the relationship? I’m not referring to being physically present, because that is a given. I’m referring to the fact of being cognitively, emotionally, and spiritually invested in your romantic partner. To be committed implies to put up with the trying situations that may arise when a relationship encounters difficulties. I’m referring to all types of human connections here, whether they be intimate, friendship-based, family-based, or work-related. The ability to be engaged and present means that we bring our entire selves to our interactions with others.
The vast majority of people are ineffective listeners. They are listening with the intention of interjecting once the other person has finished speaking. As evidenced by their body language, they are not actively participating in the exchange of information. Put yourself in the position of thinking about this for a moment: do you consider yourself to be a good listener in your relationships? What percentage of the time do you pay attention to what others are saying or do you just skim the surface of their words?
Silence is required for effective listening
Listening necessitates being silent until the other person has finished their conversation. Even better, you may ask them if they have anything else they’d like to share with you regarding the circumstance. Instead of appearing to be interested in the other party, you might engage in an open discourse with them in this manner. I have a family member who always interrupts me by asking questions while I am explaining something. The fact that they are not listening makes me uncomfortable since I will give them everything they need to know if they actively listen. They have every right to ask questions after I have finished speaking if I have not explained myself sufficiently.
How much do you agree or disagree with these points of view? What has been your experience with people who aren’t good listeners?
Be Your True Self in All of Your Interactions
Listening is one aspect of how we interact with one another in our relationships. Compassion, kindness, and establishing an atmosphere of presence with the other person are some of the various methods to show love. So, if your significant other comes home and tells you about their issues at work, rather than trying to solve the problem, simply listen without interfering. As you listen, keep an open mind and a sympathetic heart, remembering that people have come to you because they feel comfortable sharing their vulnerabilities with you.
Unless they express a desire for assistance, actively listen to them and offer them the gift of your presence. Yes, I understand that we want to help the other person solve their dilemma, but our suggestions are sometimes unqualified or irrelevant. What is required is empathy, presence, and a willingness to be nonjudgmental. Have you ever felt like this in your intimate relationships, when you just wanted your partner to listen to what you had to say? Sometimes it’s difficult, and we lash out in anger because we don’t want someone to fix our problems; we just want to be heard.
Who said that having a relationship was simple?
The relationships we have with others are not designed to be easy, but they are still worthwhile, even when the other person hits our pain buttons. Because it forces us to look within ourselves, even in the midst of conflict, we experience progress at those times. The importance of being involved and present in our interactions necessitates the development of genuine communication skills. We let go of our preconceived notions of what the other person is truly saying as well as our own judgments.
Our childhood wounds have the potential to be healed when we listen fully and allow our egos to take a backseat to the process of listening. The ego desires to be heard, whereas the heart chooses to be heard. Being a good listener is challenging because it requires a period of stillness and thoughtful consideration while the other person is speaking. More to the point, not all problems must be resolved. When we attempt to solve other people’s problems, we rob them of their ability to face and conquer their own difficulties. We deprive them of their ability to make decisions and strip them of their identity. What we should do instead is listen carefully and offer questions that encourage them to find the answers for themselves.
Why are you in a relationship in the first place?
Are you beginning to grasp the concept that being engaged and present in your relationships entails more than simply being physically present? In order to do so, you must present your real self to each interaction while also letting go of judgment, blame, and wrath. Not that it is easy, but if we examine why we are in the relationship in the first place, we may learn to look past these phony emotions and actually connect with our true feelings. I’m not claiming that it is simple.
Keeping this in mind, I’d like you to think of a relationship that you believe is currently stressed. The person could be a colleague, a friend, a family member, or a significant other, among other things. Make a pact with yourself that you will actively listen to what the other person has to say for the next four days and stick to it. In order to connect with their words and emotions, instead of skimming over the surface of the communication, you must listen with the goal to connect with them. Try to obtain a sense of what they want you to know about the situation by asking a series of questions.
Recognize and respect your partner’s needs
Are they frightened? Is it possible that they are feeling vulnerable? Or are you enraged? If that’s the case, perhaps they require unconditional love? Are you eager to give it to them without saying anything at all? It’s possible that they want you to see them through the lens of love, even when they are experiencing bad feelings. What really counts in life is when we are fully involved and present in all of our relationships without the need to say anything.