55 Rules For Love – Rule #21 – Listen Very Carefully

To What is Being Said – Active Listening

Rule #20 is Communicate Openly and Honestly. I write at length about the skill of active listening, a skill that gives space to communicate openly and honestly with each other. I’ve included the link below to read more on this rule:

55 Rules For Love – Rule #20 – Communicate Openly and Honestly

Here are the three steps to active listening:

Content and paraphrasing – this is the ability to detach from your own brain and interpretation to actually repeat back what your partner has said. Example: If I hear you correctly, what you’re saying is….

Reflect emotional content – this is the ability to identify the emotions your partner is expressing and express this back to them. Example: You sound really sad and hurt right now….

Pay attention to body language – this is the ability to pick up non-verbal cues from your partner and connect that to the content. Are their arms crossed in defense, are they not able to look you in the eye, is one leg restless? This skill helps to identify emotional content.

Listen Very Carefully to What is Not Being Said

Body Language

Body language tells me a lot. When I’m talking to my husband, his body language tells me if he is paying attention, is nervous, is caring, is frustrated, not interested or deeply sad.

Be sure to listen very carefully to your partner’s body language, to see if it matches their words.

Topic Avoidance

Some topics are just too painful. These minefield issues need to be eased into with patience and love. Pay attention to clues and gentle moments when your partner feels safe enough with you to share some of the deepest hurts recessed within their heart.

Then, listen very carefully, because you’re holding their heart in your hands.

Holding Space

Sometimes listening very carefully, means saying nothing at all. You’re holding a safe space for them to share – without judgement or a need to fix – in comfortable, loving silence.

Comfortable Silence

Then there are those moments of comfortable silence when no words are needed. You’re together. Just being; while listening to the peaceful… calm love between you.

This quote by Sarika Pandey says it perfectly – I love listening to you, even when you sit in silence.

S, ❤️

About me: Stephanie Wells

I’m a Reiki Master Teacher of Usui Shiki Ryoho – the Usui System of Natural Healing. I was attuned in Levels I, II & IIIA in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. During a 6 week stay in Mararikulam North, Kerala, India I was reattuned in Levels I, II, & IIIA as well as acquiring my Level IIIB Master Teacher attunement.

55 Rules For Love:

55 Rules For Love – Rule #1 – When It Arrives, Cherish It

55 Rules For Love – Rule #2 – Whatever You Accept, You Will Get

55 Rules For Love – Rule #3 – Understand That Love Is A Mirror – It Will Show Us Who We Are If We Allow It To

55 Rules For Love – Rule #4 – Only We Can Make Ourselves Happy, It Is Not The Other Person’s Responsibility

55 Rules For Love – Rule #5 – Don’t Say Words With The Intent To Hurt

55 Rules For Love – Rule #6 – Accept And Forgive Easily

55 Rules For Love – Rule #7 – Don’t Be Scared To Disagree, It Is Healthy

55 Rules For Love – Rule #8 – Never Be Too Busy For Each Other

55 Rules For Love – Rule #9 – Do Not Punish

55 Rules For Love – Rule #10 – Accept Honest Criticism, It Is Good For Us

55 Rules For Love – Rule #11 – Admit When You Are Wrong, Quickly

55 Rules For Love – Rule #12 – Support Each Other When The Going Gets Tough

55 Rules For Love – Rule #13 – Live In The Moment – Be Present

55 Rules For Love – Rule #14 – Leave The Past Where It Belongs

55 Rules For Love – Rule #15 – Leave Drama Out Of It

55 Rules For Love – Rule #16 – Don’t Try To Control

55 Rules For Love – Rule #17 – Allow A Small Amount of Jealousy

55 Rules For Love – Rule #18 – Don’t Use Comparisons

55 Rules For Love – Rule #19 – Celebrate Differences

55 Rules For Love – Rule #20 – Communicate Openly and Honestly

55 Rules For Love – Rule #21 – Listen Very Carefully

55 Rules For Love – Rule #22 – Don’t Judge

55 Rules For Love – Rule #23 – Don’t Manipulate To Get Results

55 Rules For Love – Rule #24 – Learn and Grow

55 Rules For Love – Rule #25 – Don’t Try To Change Each Other

55 Rules For Love – Rule #26 – Don’t Condemn Each Other’s Family and Friends

55 Rules For Love – Rule #27 – Lines, Flaws and Imperfections are Beautiful

55 Rules For Love – Rule #28 – Trust Your Instincts, But Don’t Be Paranoid

55 Rules For Love – Rule #29 – Don’t Compromise Your Morals And Values And Don’t Expect Them To Either

55 Rules For Love – Rule #30 – Instead of Power, Aim For Balance

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Margie says:

    That is a great quote, Stephanie.
    Silence is golden, they say!
    And that is a wonderful photo, looks like an amazing view for Michael.
    Thanks again for a great post!
    ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. I’m am so happy you like it Margie!!! Have a beautiful day!!! ❤️❤️❤️

      Liked by 1 person

  2. This is very good advice Stephanie!

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    1. Thank you Maggie!!! ❤️🌻🌸

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