When I meet a couple who live together and are happy, I propose that they set up a regularly structured time of deep listening to help them stay happy together.
Deep listening is, most of all, the practice of being present for our loved one.
We have to be truly present for the person we love.
In the person we love there is suffering that we haven’t seen yet.
If we haven’t yet understood that person, we can’t be their best friend; we can’t be someone who is able to understand them.
It’s like when an excellent musician finds someone who understands his music; they can become best friends.
Someone who can understand our suffering is our best friend.
We listen to each other.
We are there for each other.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Day 22 of the 35 Days of Love