Without being present in this exact moment, hearing the sounds of the moment get blocked out. So if you’re not hearing the sounds of this moment then may I ask what are you listening to?
Most people hear what they want to hear and this is because very few know how to truly listen. Learning to listen affords one the opportunity to listen to learn. Truly listening is an art and if it’s not developed, one cannot be skilled at it. When in a conversation most people listen to about a quarter of the conversation and then they begin thinking about what their response is going to be, and you can’t listen if you’re doing this because the noise in the head is the same as if you were talking. Noise is noise whether it’s verbal or just going on in the head, either way it doesn’t allow one to listen so it doesn’t allow one to learn.
When and if listening is truly developed, you learn to hear the sounds of life as they’re actually occurring not as the made up noise in the head. When you truly know how to listen you will understand yourself and then you will be able to listen to learn. Most of life passes one by and it isn’t truly lived because of the inability to truly hear what’s going on. It’s not that one can’t hear what’s going on, but with all the noise going on in between one’s ears about this or that, hearing the sounds of the moment get blocked out.
It’s as simple as this, if you’re not hearing the sounds of the moment then may I ask what are you listening to? It’s only in the moment that life can be truly lived and it’s only in the moment that the sounds of life can be truly heard. So if listening skills aren’t developed to be able to hear the sounds of the moment, learning will be very difficult, and as unfortunate as this may be, if you’re not learning as you are alive in each moment, life and understand this is your life we are talking about, will just keep passing you by.