Holiday Listening Gifts!

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For great holiday gifts for listeners, shop the Listeners Unite Bookshop!

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The Beauty of Listening, The Wisdom of Listening or One Square Inch of Silence in this busy world of ours—or any one of the wonderful listening-centered books listed here! Our 12 Bookshop sections include General Listening, Kids and Families, Meditation and more, as well as Other Fun Stuff & Gifts!

Of course, the greatest gift you can give isn't in the
Listeners Unite Bookshop or any store—the gift of listening. Ah, but while listening can be rapt, but you might also want something special that can be wrapped. I hope you find just the right thing and have the happiest of holidays! Happy

Happy Holidays!
Linda

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PS For more holiday fun, check out my "After Christmas" poem (a post-script to the "12 Days of Christmas" Song)! Click here to read "After Christmas" and click here to see the "After Christmas" Video on my new video channel! In addition to holiday poet tree, I've also posted a poet tree. Click here to see the holiday poet tree. Happy


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The Thanks Giving Listening

~ An Annual Listeners Unite Tradition Since 2009 ~

By Linda Eve Diamond

This holiday season, you are invited to participate in a Thanks Giving Listening. Who do you know who would benefit from a deep expression of your gratitude? Ask that person to give you the gift of listening to you, then use that setting to express your gratitude for the listener. This gives the listener the opportunity to put deep, focused attention on hearing nothing but statements of appreciation.

A Thanks Giving Listening is a time when the speaker and listener engage for the purpose of the speaker expressing gratitude and appreciation for the listener.

The Goal is to make someone feel appreciated, cared about, and recognized for positive efforts and impacts, large and small. You can make a loved one feel the depth of your appreciation—deepen friendships—let your neighbor know what it means to you to see a friendly smile at the end of the day and how much you appreciate any kind offers or gestures over the years—tell people with whom you have troubled relationships what they’ve done right and what you appreciate—let coworkers know how much you value the good advice and the extra help and even the silly jokes. Think of anything and everything for which you can say Thank you. A loved one may feel closer than ever, and someone who might feel especially alone as the holidays approaches may feel just a little more valued and connected with the world than they did before. This Thanks Giving Listening can be a powerful experience, especially for someone who doesn’t fully realize the positive impact that he or she has others.

The Process: Ask someone to listen to you, and say that it’s important. Then express your gratitude and appreciation for the little things they do, the times they’ve been there for you, or the blessing that they are in your life. You can do this simply, in a moment, or follow the five-step process below for an even deeper connection.

  1. Write down everything that you want to remember to say. In fact, you may think of more while writing.
  2. Say, “I have some things I want to say to you, and I’d really like your focused attention. They’re all good things. What would be a good time for us to sit down together?
  3. Sit face-to-face in a quiet, peaceful space. Begin by saying that you have something say, and make clear that it’s all positive. Ask the listener to listen to the end, then say, “I feel grateful to you and want to thank you for...” Then tell them all the things on your list for which you feel grateful. If more comes to you as you speak, don’t hold back.
  4. Optional: Present the list in written form that can be saved and savored.
  5. Thank the listener for listening and allowing you to express your gratitude.

If you can’t sit face-to-face, talk on the phone. If conversations are tense and a letter would be more easily received, start with a letter. The most important thing is for the listener to feel appreciated.

Final Thoughts: If you have any thoughts of of gratitude or a Thanks Giving Listening experience you'd like to share, feel free to email your thoughts to me here and let me know if you'd like to see them shared on the blog. You can also find a great article on the value of expressing gratitude on the HBR blog here.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING & THANK YOU for LISTENING! Thank you for your interest in the blog, for keeping in touch, and for all the beautiful listening attention you give to others throughout the year.

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Linda Eve Diamond is the founder of ListenersUnite.com and the author of several books, including The Beauty of Listening, a listening-themed poetry collection.


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A Special Holiday Bouquet to Share with My Listening Friends
~ From my wonderful husband - Thank you,
Jeff! ~


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Listening Pays

Listening Pays by Rick Bommelje
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Rick Bommelje, Ed.D., CLP


One of the questions on a 360
0 Listening Behavior Assessment for leaders asks observers: What suggestions do you have for her/him to improve their listening behavior? Following are a few actual responses:

  • Interrupting is one of his worst behaviors, so he should listen fully before giving his input.
  • She can be very black and white in how she looks at things and it can sometimes come across very strongly in her reactions when it might not be necessary.
  • He should show patience with those who do not express themselves in the way he would want. Also, sometimes he doesn’t respond with the familiar "social niceties" that a speaker expects, i.e. nodding and making eye contact.

Consider the negative impact that these non-listening behaviors might have on the leaders’ immediate employees, teams, and organizations. Imagine the costs -- loss of morale, productivity, trust, respect, credibility and performance, just to name a few. The bigger question is:
What would others say about your listening behavior?

Many leadership and business books declare that listening is a vital skill. Yet, most people have very little formal listening education. Unfortunately, the phrase ‘active listening’ has been overused and typically refers to behaviors such as give eye contact, nod and pay polite attention. The reality is that listening is so much more.

THE LISTENING PAYS FRAMEWORK


The LISTENING PAYS is a practical tool that can yield tremendous value if practiced consistently. Framed in the shape of a hexagon, it consists of the six specific strategies that occur in listening behavior, with Build a Solid Foundation as the base strategy.

LISTENING PAYS
The second strategy is Develop Healthy Habits, which includes the Top 5 listening habits: 1. Find something of interest in the message; 2. Concentrate on content of the message first, and the delivery of it second; 3. Focus on the main point of the message versus just the facts; 4. Take notes, written or mental; and 5. Pay genuine attention.

Take 100% Responsibility is the third strategy, which emphasizes the level of commitment that it takes to listen effectively.

Strategy 4,
Ditch the Distractions, reveals what you can do to remove both internal and external distractions that can dominate your life.

Strategy 5 is
Lead Your Emotions, which offers specific steps to combat emotional triggers and hot buttons. For many people, leading their emotions is not easy; however, it makes a huge difference in relationships.

The sixth strategy is
Take Meaningful Action, prompting you to intentionally respond to create value. In order to accomplish this, it requires a combination of knowledge, skills and attitude.

Each of the strategies is connected together and the atom in the middle represents energy –
your energy – flowing continuously through them. The strategies are constantly in motion. When combined together, these six strategies can help you achieve success in all areas of your life. Essentially, the quality of your listening is equal to the quality of your life.

Listening is at the heart of every success that you, your team and your organization will accomplish. As all highly effective leaders know, it is the many small steps that make the long journey productive. The main point is…
Listening Pays! – IF you commit and make the investment.



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Rick Bommelje is a Professor in the Communication Department at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.  He teaches courses on Listening and Leadership and was selected as one of the top 300 college professors in the nation by the Princeton Review.  A past president of the International Listening Association, he was inducted into the Listening Hall of Fame in 2011.  Rick is co-author of the pioneering book on listening leadership, Listening Leaders and his latest book is the business fable, Listening Pays.


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Check out the new Listeners Unite Bookshop!

ANNOUNCING THE LISTENERS UNITE BOOKSHOP!


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The Listeners Unite Bookshop has 10 great sections!
CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE LISTENERS UNITE BOOKSHOP!
To go directly to any of the sections, click the section titles listed below…



GENERAL LISTENING
This first section includes 23 highly accessible, general interest books on listening and compassion.

KIDS AND FAMILIES
This section includes books for parents, books for kids, and books that are great for the whole family. The children's books include newer books on listening as well as a few classics, including "Horton Hears a Who."

BUSINESS
These books explore the importance of listening from a business perspective.

CREATIVE INSPIRATION AND POETRY
These books delve into the worlds of creativity and creative expression.

MEDITATION
While many of the "General Listening" books touch on or delve into meditation and some offer special meditations, these selections are entirely focused on meditation. (More coming to this section soon!)

INNER LISTENING FOR HEALTH AND HEALING
Health and healing require inner listening, listening to your body and, when medical intervention is necessary, a doctor who listens carefully can make all the difference.

MORE ON HEALTH: LISTENING IN THE NEWS
Listening critically to health news and making sense of the conflicting health messages we hear every day is essential for ongoing health and wellness. Here you'll find helpful overviews of where we are, how we got here, and why some of the most advanced theories in nutrition are bringing us back to basics.

MUSIC RELATED (ON LISTENING AND SILENCE)
Here you'll find a blend of musical, philosophical and poetic notions of sounds and silence.

BOOKMARKS
Mark your place with images of peace, balance, a place in the stars, or hold that silent space with a bookmark that says "Shhhhh."

OTHER FUN STUFF
Time to listen? Put on your listening ears, confer with the great psychologist finger puppets, and join the "friendship festival."

This store will continue to expand, but here's a start! If you have any suggestions, recommendations or feedback, please write to me at listenersunite (@) gmail.com.

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The Multitask Test: See How Your Skills Stack Up

by Allison Morris

If you’re like most people, you probably find yourself doing two things at once pretty regularly—talking on the phone while reading an email, Skyping relatives as you cook dinner, munching on toast as you commute to work; the multitasking in your life can seem both unavoidable and necessary if you want to get everything done. However, even though everyone multitasks, very few people seem to realize that, in fact, your brain isn’t as efficient in multitasking as it seems. The reality is, everyone’s brain slows down considerably when trying to juggle multiple tasks—and some people’s brains slow down much more than others. If you really think your multitasking skills are a cut above the rest, the only way to know for sure is to see how your brain’s speed compares to that of other multitaskers. When people talk about “multitasking,” what’s really being referred to is one’s ability to switch between different activities, as well as juggling multiple actions at one time. So how can these things be efficiently measured? With a multitask test of course. Test your tasking abilities and see how they stack up against others: Check out the following interactive multitasking exercise, and see how well your brain performs when it juggles multiple tasks—your results could surprise you!

If the test box below isn't working in your browser, click here to find the test post on Open-Site.org.



Not working? Click here.

Both the test and the introductory text were contributed by Allison Morris and originally shared at Open-Site.org. Thank you, Allison, for this excellent illustration! Happy

Allison Morris is currently finishing up her communications degree and spending her free time getting some real world experience by helping out and contributing to Open-Site.org.

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For more thoughts on multi-tasking, see Multi-Tasking Reality by Greg Enos. For a powerful visual of the impact of "multi-tasking" communication, see Alone Together with Cell Phones. How often do we multi-task listening and find we haven't really listened at all, have missed important facts? How often have you felt alone while talking with someone who was "multi-tasking" while listening? While multi-tasking has its place, the gap between what we can easily achieve while multitasking and what is possible--while giving adequate focus to each task--is huge. We've even seen the common belief take hold that we can read, type, and surf the Web while driving. For some eye-opening facts about texting and driving, click here. (With so much speed and technology at our fingertips, our expectations have become superhuman. But, mere mortals that we are, there are still times that we need to slow down and pay focused attention.

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"UGH."

What's left to say when people can't listen carefully and respectfully to resolve issues? As the US enters our first day of shutdown, the cover of the Washington Post Style section says, simply, UGH.

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Still, we have more to say, don't we? Of course we do—and we should. But with tensions high over the difficult issues involved, let's all remember not to let the deafening partisan rhetoric trickle down. Listen to what the "other side" has to say and remember, as you enter into discussions, that these issues are, for many of us, very personal and immediate. We won't settle this in our living rooms, offices or even on Twitter, but we can make efforts to understand one another and show compassion—even when we disagree. This too shall pass—hopefully soon. In the meantime, let's listen for peaceful, productive resolutions and make our voices heard while also listening to others.


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Alone Together with Cell Phones

By Linda Eve Diamond

Has the "Communication Age" opened the doors for the "Disconnection Age"? How often have you been talking with people who suddenly disappear into their phones? Do you do this without even realizing it or not thinking anything about it? How many moments are we missing when sharing and preserving the moment becomes more important than the moment itself? What is the impact on relationships and the people we love when we interrupt a flow of thought just to "check in" and see what's happening on social Sites? What's more important, your "status" or making the people beside you feel that they're important to you?

Here's a great video that illustrates the lonely disconnect that happens when someone is surrounded all day by people who are almost constantly "connected" through their phones.




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Linda Eve Diamond is an author, founder of the Listeners Unite Website, and recipient of two International Listening Association awards. Her latest book is a listening-themed poetry collection: "The Beauty of Listening."

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"Wrds" - A Poem from "The Beauty of Listening"

WRDS

By Linda Eve Diamond


We’re losing language
word by wrd, syllable by slbl.

Soon we’ll cre8 a class in skool
of New World Spelling
(nw O splg).

Spelling will be taught
in History class (hst clss)
with the arts
and civil discourse.

Words in their full splendor
are luxuries now. No time
for so many syllables
or every little vowel.

Time is growing short
for lexical complexities,
syntactical tactics,
extraneous words.

Just give me the
Re.
No time for lunch.
Toss me a sound bite.

The richness of language
will be for the elite.

Who else could afford
the frivolous extravagance
of reading, writing or listening
to so many sprawling words?


©2013 Linda Eve Diamond, The Beauty of Listening


Wrds, from my new poetry collection, The Beauty of Listening, was featured by the Your Daily Poem Website. If you value thoughtful communication, as I imagine you do if you're here, click here to read Wrds at www.YourDailyPoem.com and scroll down to find comments from other lovers of language and deep, clear communication. (If you love poetry, you might also be interested in subscribing to receive YDP's daily selection of poems!)
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"Soundings: A Contemporary Score" - A Sound Art Exhibit

By Linda Eve Diamond

The Museum of Modern Art currently has its first exhibition entirely composed of sound art.

When I visited MOMA in 2010, one of the features was a sound art exhibit called
Days. A wall of days led to a room of microphones. Both the wall and the microphones randomly named days of the week. Visitors walked through the microphones, through the blending and passing of days, most moving very slowly, as if trying to slow down the movement of the days as they rushed by. I wrote about Days and posted some photos here.

The museum’s new exhibit,
Soundings, is composed entirely of sound art. MOMA calls Soundings: “a communal exploration of how and what we hear, and what we make of it…” Sound is explored through connection with other senses, experiences with sound emitting objects, immersions in various sound environments, and silence.

One of the pieces is silent, but still gives viewers the experience of sound. Something about a light shone through an old, gutted microphone, the flickering rhythms and rib-cage pattern looming large on the wall, inspire viewers’ sense imaginations so that they ask what music is playing when there’s no sound emitted at all. The song, in a sense, belongs entirely to the viewer.

I wish I were in NY and could stop by for a listen! If any readers here attend this or any other interesting sound art exhibit and would like to share thoughts about the experience on this blog, email them
here. We’d love to hear about it!

To learn more about sound art, here’s an interesting article in
Art Radar Asia: What’s that sound (art)? Art Radar’s guide to aural aesthetics that includes a brief history and lots of fascinating links to follow.

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Soundings: A Contemporary Score runs from August 10 – November 3, 2013. Read more in the ARTnews story: Listen to Your MoMA by Marina Galperina
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A Matter of Gender Perspective

Remember Tootsie? In the film, Dustin Hoffman plays an out-of-work actor who decides to try dressing as a woman to land a role. In the interview excerpt below, Dustin Hoffman talks about what inspired him ...the experience of “becoming” and “being” a woman for his role in the film and an important listening lesson he learned along the way.






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Hope for the Future: Listen to what these kids have to say...

Have you heard the flap about the recent Cheerios commercial that featured a family with a biracial couple as parents? The hateful comments were so horrific and overwhelming that the company’s Youtube comments section had to be shut down.

The good news is that the company reports overwhelmingly positive responses, overall. After all, if you look around at American families, it’s hard to fathom why this casual representation of a social norm should draw any attention at all. (Approx.
1 in every 10 American opposite-sex married couples are reported to be mixed race.) However, this did incite quite a riot of violent, hateful words. Some said the commenters were acting like children. I disagree. Let’s not sully the good name of children. In fact…

Here’s the even better news. Listen to the reactions of children who are shown the commercial. They don’t recognize nor can they fathom any reason for there to be controversy. These kids offer views on acceptance, tolerance and love that are worth listening to…





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Iowa City: A City of Literature

By Linda Eve Diamond

My husband, Jeff, and I just spent two inspiring weeks at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival! Beyond the festival, Iowa City is one of six cities in the world to be designated by UNESCO as a
City of Literature. The streets were filled with poetry, pianos, book statues and inviting benches. We were treated to extraordinary listening experiences--from readings and lectures to music--both within and beyond the festival.

As exciting as the sounds of a City of Literature are, so are the silences. While most coffee shops and city centers have turned up the music more and more, a place so attuned to the quiet act of writing is rich with entertainment but also knows the value of hearing one’s own thoughts. We found cafes with soft music or no music at all, just the soft, background sounds of coffee cups and chatter. It’s been a while since I’ve had the pleasure of getting lost in writing in a cozy cafe!

We also found thriving independent bookstores with full schedules of readings and events. What a treat! One of our favorites was
Prairie Lights, which, I’m thrilled to say, is now carrying my new poetry book, The Beauty of Listening.

To see some of our favorite places in Iowa City and join us for a virtual Literary Walk, visit the
Iowa City photo album on my Facebook page.


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Linda Eve Diamond is the creator and author of the Listeners Unite Website, recipient of two International Listening Association awards, and author of eleven books including The Beauty of Listening. _______________________________________________________________________


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Congratulations to the International Listening Association's 2013 Award Winners!

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Listener of the Year: Jian Ghomeshi

Listening in the Business Sector: Rick Bommelje & Rik Siere

Outstanding Educator: Michael Gilbert

President’s Award: Molly Stolz

ILA Top Conference Papers: Peter C. Fontana, Andrew D. Wolvin, Steven D. Cohen: “Listening Scales: A Meta-Analysis

Click here to see Jian Ghomeshi’s Listener of the Year acceptance speech.

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This latest conference was also attended and covered by a Wall Street Journal reporter Check out the article here: “Listen Up! Here’s One Convention Where Talk Is Cheap” by Anne Kadet. Happy

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New Poetry Collection: "The Beauty of Listening"


I’m pleased to announce the publication of my new poetry book, THE BEAUTY OF LISTENING and honored to have the book endorsed by so many thoughtful readers, writers and listeners. For book information and endorsements, check out the links below…


THE BEAUTY OF LISTENING BOOK PAGE

THE BEAUTY OF LISTENING ENDORSEMENTS

THE BEAUTY OF LISTENING ON AMAZON


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Thanks, as always, for listening!

Linda Eve Diamond


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A Tribute to Listening Fathers

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY FROM LISTENERS UNITE! Happy


Following are quotes by and about fathers that pay tribute to the powerful inspiration of great dads, whose listening, love, and support have made all the difference… 

“It is a wise child that knows his own father.”  - Homer

“It is a wise father that knows his own child.”  - William Shakespeare

“I was the same kind of father as I was a harpist. I played by ear.” - Harpo Marx 

“The words that a father speaks to his children in the privacy of home are not heard by the world, but, as in whispering-galleries, they are clearly heard at the end and by posterity.”  - Jean Paul Richter

“There's something like a line of gold thread running through a man's words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the years it gets to be long enough for you to pick up in your hands and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself.” - John Gregory Brown

“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around.  But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.”  - Mark Twain

“He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” - Clarence Budington Kelland

“A father’s words are like a thermostat that sets the temperature in the house.” - Paul Lewis

“I just owe almost everything to my father and it's passionately interesting for me that the things that I learned in a small town, in a  very modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the election.”  - Margaret Thatcher

“I don't ever remember a really cross, unkind word from my father.” - Johnny Cash

“I surrendered to a world of my imagination, reenacting all those wonderful tales my father would read aloud to me. I became a very active reader, especially history and Shakespeare.”  - Andrew Wyeth

“My father, he was like the rock, the guy you went to with every problem.”  -Gwyneth Paltrow

“My dad was my biggest supporter. He never put pressure on me.” - Bobby Orr 

“I was born an only child in Vienna, Austria. My father found hours to sit by me by the library fire and tell fairy stories.” - Hedy Lamarr 

“Because my parents, growing up, they worked hard. Everyone in my family woke up early in the morning. I used to see my mother and my father go off to work, and come back and, no matter what, they had time for the kids.” - Herschel Walker 

“My dad loved to laugh. He was very funny and very silly.”  - Mike Myers 

“Being a father, being a friend, those are the things that make me feel successful.” - William Hurt

“Life was a lot simpler when what we honored was father and mother rather than all major credit cards.”  - Robert Orben 

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ANDREW GAST WITH HIS SON, NICO

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Dr. Emily Krestow Reads "Enter the Other's World"

Dr. Krestow recently posted a video, “The Art of Listening,” in which she reads from and expands on the important insights of “Enter the Other’s World,” her contribution to the book Rule #1: Stop Talking: A Guide to Listening. “Enter the Other’s World” is posted below the video link.

Click here to see Dr. Emily Krestow’s “The Art of Listening” video.


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The Heart Work of Compassionate Listening

Compassionate listening is heart work and the most important thing we can all do every day to create a climate of peace and understanding on both a large and small scale. Here’s an inspiring organization that is doing wonderful work in spreading the word and teaching the skills of compassionate listening. It’s called The Compassionate Listening Project. Click here to visit their Website.

Here are some of their videos. They are well worth watching… and listening to.

Compassionate Listening in Palestine and Israel:


Compassionate Listening in Schools, Part 1:


Compassionate Listening in Schools, Part 2:



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Listening: The Art, The Science, The Joie de Vivre!

By Linda Eve Diamond

That’s the theme for the upcoming 2013 International Listening Association (ILA) convention! This year the convention will be in Montreal, Canada, June 20-23. As always, the schedule looks absolutely fascinating. Visit the ILA Convention page for info and schedule.

My husband, Jeff, and I always enjoy attending these conventions and seeing our ILA friends. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to attend this year, but we’ll look forward to hearing all about it!


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Happy I Love to Listen Day!

Today is I LOVE TO LISTEN DAY!

This special day was started by the marvelous Marva Shand-McIntosh, who shared a guest blog here last year all about this special day! Check out
Marva’s guest blog: “Celebrate ‘I Love to Listen Day’…”

So, celebrate listening today by making an extra effort to listen carefully to someone special (which, of course, could be anyone).

Happy listening, friends, and HAPPY I LOVE TO LISTEN DAY! Happy


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A Book Spine Poem about Listening

By Linda Eve Diamond

Here’s a little poem I stacked for a Book Spine Poetry Contest in honor of National Poetry Month. This one includes my book, Rule #1: Stop Talking: A Guide to Listening and The Sacred Art of Listening, by Kay Lindahl, a friend and fellow member of the international Listening Association. For more book spine poems and the story behind the poetry stacks, visit my new Book Spine Poetry page!

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Listening Poems by Linda Eve Diamond, Site Author

Following are links to a few of my listening-themed poems that will be included in my upcoming poetry collection, The Beauty of Listening.
To see the whole month of poem-a-day poetry posts in April, visit my Facebook Page.



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Listening Poems by My Listening Friends

Follow these links to find wonderful, listening-themed poems that were contributed by my listening friends for National Poetry Month in earlier years.
For more great poetry, one-a-day through April, visit my Facebook Page.


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"An Idea" by Wislawa Szymborska

By Linda Eve Diamond

Ideas come and go, but it’s what we do with them that counts. Here’s “An Idea” that came to the great poet, Wislawa Szymborska…



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"Dust" by Dorianne Laux

By Linda Eve Diamond

An observation on hearing truth and “how it is sometimes”…



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"Gift" by Leonard Cohen

By Linda Eve Diamond

Here’s a fun poem about the gift of poetry, the gift of silence and the poetry of silence, itself, by the great Leonard Cohen.

The reading is followed by an interviewer asking how he feels about being a poet & "nightclub celebrity." To Cohen, this is poetry where it belongs… "bringing it back to the hipsters, the boozers… No really, back to music and back to an informality, away from the classroom."

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"How to Be Alone" by Tanya Davis


By Linda Eve Diamond

Here are some beautiful sentiments about being alone with oneself, appreciating brief encounters with strangers, taking time for your own thoughts and talents, and overcoming common societal discomforts with aloneness.

“If you’ve not been alone much, or if when you were, you weren’t okay with it, then just wait. You’ll find it’s fine to be alone once you’re embracing it.
/ We can start with the acceptable places, the bathroom, the coffee shop, the library…” She moves the idea forward to dinners alone at fine restaurants and going out dancing alone… “Dance like no one’s watching because they’re probably not. And if they are, assume it is with the best human intentions. The way bodies move genuinely to beats, is after all, gorgeous and affecting.”

Have you ever enjoyed and embraced aloneness while still feeling connected? Have you ever wished you could? Here is a fun, happy how-to video. Enjoy! Happy



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A New Presentation of an Old Poem...

By Linda Eve Diamond

Here’s a new, unique presentation of an old poem and a layered, beautifully blended listening experience. This is a recording of E.E. Cummings reading his poem, “so shy shy shy,” accompanied by singer, Carla Kihlstedt as she matches the melody of her singing to the melody of his reading. Though his reading, itself, is expressive and melodic, the the singer’s accompaniment makes it sound as though he’s singing, too.

Listen…. and enjoy! Happy




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"Stone" a Poem by Charles Simic


By Linda Eve Diamond

This incredibly moving poem is presented here by the poet, Charles Simic.

In the introduction, Garrison Keillor quotes Simic, who grew up in Belgrade during World War II. Through great hardship, Simic developed great sensitivity, and wonderfully intriguing imaginings about the cool, quiet stillness, safety and beauty of being a stone… and the sparking, sparkling depth and magic quietly stirring deep inside…

Go inside a stone
That would be my way…




The full text of this poem is posted here on the Poetry Foundation Website.




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"A Letter to Agnes De Mill" A Poem of Inner & Creative Listening


By Linda Eve Diamond

In honor of National Poetry Month, I’ll be posting listening-related poems. I can think of no better place to start than with “Luchai” by Wang Wei running into “A Letter to Agnes De Mill” by Martha Graham, a moving poem about listening to the inner voice, the artist within. The poem is read by Meryl Streep accompanied by Yo-Yo Ma.

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Back from a Little Down Time…

By Linda Eve Diamond
Hello, friends. The blog has been down for a little while, but we’re back. 
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Multitasking Reality


By Greg Enos

Can we really multitask ?

There is widespread belief that we must claim to multitask in a highly competitive workplace where we are bombarded with thousands of thoughts and tons of information every day.

Multitasking involves one person doing two or more tasks simultaneously that requires higher-level brain activity. Eating and watching television at the same time is not multitasking. Driving a vehicle and talking on a cellphone (not recommended) is multitasking.

While multitasking might seem glamorous and intriguing, is it realistic ? Do we really want our cardiac surgeons or airplane pilots to be multitasking while they hold our lives in their hands?

One school of thought ( some say the “old school” ) firmly believe that the human brain is wired to do one thing well at a time. They scoff at the idea that one person can effectively carry on a conversation, respond to email, and keep an eye on the stock market.

Current research by Dr. Marcel Just and his Carnegie Mellon University team does conclusively prove that an individual’s driving ability is impaired when they try to talk on a cellphone and drive simultaneously. Magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) was used to study participant brain activity to reach their conclusion. Fortunately, legislators have taken action to improve highway safety after seeing the results.

So what is really happening when traders on the stock exchange floor are hectically completing sales or a mother is caring for three children, doing laundry, cooking a meal and talking on the telephone ?

The answer is simple — they are rapidly moving between tasks and using a lot of energy. Author David Crenshaw calls this switchtasking, another new word that does not always pass the spell-check test.

Many times people accomplish significant results (mothers with children, for example) because they have refined the way they get things done. Smooth operations are the result of focused attention to detail.

It is clear that humans do not use all their brain capacity, so researchers will continue to look for ways to increase our efficiency.

© Time Communications Associates 2013
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Greg Enos has more than 40 years of experience helping thousands of working professionals increase their personal productivity.

Additional information on his work is available at www.gregenos.com.

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