What Makes Us Better Listeners?

"Listening is an act in which the mind comes to stillness for a moment. Something creative takes place that was unknown before - a new energy, a new clarity. The still small voice within has been heard, and when that takes place, it is bigger than the self though it take place within the self. That moment makes one humble, makes one loving, makes one appreciate the truth. When you discover that, you add a quality to your life and to the lives of others. Who listens that way?"  ─Tara Singh

What makes us better listeners? BEING PRESENT - which is one of the 7 CORE PRINCIPLES OF THE SCIENCE OF THE POSITIVE - is one way to do so. But what can we do to ensure that we are present when someone is speaking? Or maybe what I should ask, is what do you do to ensure that you remain present when listening to someone? Please share your thoughts in the Comments section below. Thanks.

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