When your loved one is talking, practice listening deeply.
Sometimes the other person will say something that surprises us, that is the opposite of the way we see things.
Allow the other person to speak freely.
Don’t cut your loved one off or criticize their words.
When we listen deeply with all our heart – for ten minutes, half an hour, or even an hour – we will begin to see the other person more deeply and understand them better.
If they say something that is incorrect based on a wrong perception, we can give them a little information later on.
But right now, we just listen.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Day 7 of the 35 Days of Love