Active Listening

Active Listening

Good morning lovely clients the start of the week ahead and hopefully your refreshed and positive about the week ahead.  It’s been a busy time at Sanity hence the blogs only coming every other day but I’m not complaining, the last two weeks I have met some truly fabulous clients all with such wonderful stories, hearing about other peoples experiences I truly believe enrich those on the receiving end, by listening to people can educate your beliefs and you can learn so much more.   Whilst working as a Business Analyst before becoming a therapist I underwent training for continuous improvement in lean and six sigma it was intense but logical there were many things I took from this training but the one that sticks in my head is the – You have two ears and one mouth for a reason, people who can truly listen, divulge and participate in active listening are truly those that will have a balance viewpoint and enriching to be around.  I read a fantastic book whilst working in the IT sector it’s called Presencing, the art of learning to just shut your mouth switch off to that initial reaction to what your hearing, taking deep breaths and see if your opinion on what you’ve just heard shifts by taking that moment of reflection.  I personally found it to be a great tool, I’m a passionate person and regularly told I wear my heart on my sleeve which in the business world can work against you, gut reaction and feelings are wonderful and to be trusted but just take that moment to process the correct method to go about what you’ve decided. 🙂

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Silliness, Reflection and Frustrations

So after having a car nearly crash into the back of me this morning because I stopped for a LollyPop lady and being very aggressive that I didn’t drive through her, I did think to have a frustration day but why should I ruin my Monday because of an idiotic act, NO I want to make you giggle today so my Silliness story involves a certain film called Goosebumps that my 8 year old son has been nagging to see for some time, mainly because his best friend at school had been talking about it so off we went last night, the whole family.  My 13 year old daughter was reluctant about this film which is unusual but after 30 minutes I could see why, it had me jumping out of my seat a couple of times but the best part was watching my son, totally engrossed in the film (trying really  hard to be grown up and not scared) when my husband taps him on the shoulder to talk to him, resulting him jumping 2 foot in the air and his pop corn literally went all over him!  My  husband was literally crying 🙂 A great scary film and thankfully no nightmare last night either 🙂