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The Zen of Listening: Mindful Communication in the Age of Distraction Paperback – February 1, 2003
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"...Don't just "read" this remarkable book, use it as a guide and practice its teachings in your everyday life." --Jane McLaughlin-Dobisz, Zen Master
"Shafir takes us to the heart of relationships and shows us the power of authentic listening-not only to others, but to our own inner self." --Robert Gerzon, psychotherapist and author of Finding Serenity
"The Zen of Listening awakens us to the potential for intimacy, compassion, and growth inherent in all of our most important relationships." --Douglas Stone, co-author of the best-selling Difficult
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The chapters focus on several clear areas, such as listening to yourself as you speak, focusing on listening to others, listening in difficult situations, speaking in a way which encourages listening and methods to increase the out put of your listening through better memory. I found the chapters that dealt with techniques on how to focus better on what others are saying to be very benneficial. The chapter on how to speak in a way to encourage listening was very helpful. There might be better individual books on all of those subjects, however, it is difficult to imagine an author doing a better job of blending the topics together and presenting them in such a well written manner. Her style is very clear, to the point that the words are as insightful as the message that she is telling us, almost as if she is sitting nearby as you read, calmly explaining the book to you.
Two of the author's most important concepts were "Mindful listening" and "Getting into the other person's movie." Both of these were a constant theme throughout the book and, if people (myself included) learn these alone, they will become much, much more effective communicators.
The author's writing style made me feel as though we were having a personal consultation. Her sincerity comes through very clearly, and I believe having this book in your library will serve as a very valuable resource both for you and for your children, as they can also have access to some very important life skills.
I was also drawn to this book because the title implied the relationship between listening and Eastern philosophical thought instead of Christian-based theological listening, which most other books on the topic of listening seem to relate to.
The test in Chapter Two, designed to determine your strengths and weaknesses in listening, is extremely helpful and ensures that you pay closer attention to any chapters that elaborate on your listening problems.
The technical bits in the book explain the science of the ears and the mathematical equations of retention rates, but I did not find them useful or interesting. The rest of the book, however, was riveting.
It's a rather simple read and I found that I was immediately applying many of her simple tips for listening to my everyday habits--including how to better read and remember her book. This book is perfect for anyone who wants to know more about listening and communication; or who may be having work or relationship problems - many times it seems that listening is the issue at hand.
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While there is a lot to learn in this book, I found it was too geared to business people, kind of like something to go along with the trend toward corporate mindfulness training. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Connie Rose
A very good survey of the practice of listening. What makes this book distinct from other books on listening is it’s location within the practice of mindfulness — which is a... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Steve P
Rebecca takes the art of listening to a new height! With much thought, she has created a source to take your skills to the next level. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sharon A. Wilson
The communication points the author discussed were excellent. The Zen side felt forced as though the author was looking for something to make her book different than all the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by P J LaRue
This is not a book to read and put aside. Keep it handy to re read and use as a reference. I think I am actually learning to listen to people. That is no small thing! Read morePublished 14 months ago by caroljeanne
Great book and resource. I enjoyed the easy read and very relevant to topic.Published 21 months ago by Kathy Hines