Begin to make the shifts that lead to the close, connected relationships you long to experience. Work with the theme and affirmation below. Take time to experience the word and take in the affirmation. Living from these concepts is not always easy. The words and affirmations are designed to help you become more aware and intentional in your relationships.
I listen to understand.
I listen to understand, releasing the need to respond quickly or formulate my own opinion. My intention is to discover something new about my loved one's needs, concerns, feelings, hopes or experience. When my spouse, partner, child or friend starts talking, I pause and determine to listen rather than respond. I use my eyes, facial expression and body language to communicate my genuine interest in their experience and feelings. My goal in the moment is to make sure that the other person has the space and time to fully articulate and share. I demonstrate their importance to me by deeply listening.
Tip: Recognize that listening and sharing are two completely different functions and have two completely different purposes. Be sure that you are spending time listening in every conversation, and when possible, listen first. Seek to assist the other person to fully articulate their ideas, feelings and needs. Be slow to respond and willing to inquire with the purpose of gaining a deeper understanding. In Imago Therapy, the skill of listening is practiced in every session and participants are amazed at the insight they gain into their loved ones. Things they took personally for years, now become clear. They are able to provide their loved ones with the empathy and understanding they need.
©2018 Laura Aube
Workshop Opportunity: Do you find yourself quick to irritation or frustration with your child? Are you worried about your child’s behaviors? Learn to interact with your child in a way that meets their emotional and developmental needs at the Connected Parents/Thriving Kids Parenting Workshop.
On Saturday, September 8, 2018, attend an all-day workshop to learn how to attune with your children and create a supportive family environment. There is still time to register! Click the link below to learn more.
Connected Parents/Thriving Kids Parenting Workshop
All Day - Saturday, September 8, 2018
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Imago Couples or Family Therapy: If you are interested in a private couples or family Imago Therapy session, where clients experience and practice the skills that create happy connected relationships, call (816) 359-1885 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. I would be honored to help you on your journey of living from your true self and creating relaxed, joyful relationships.
Laura Aube, LPC, ATR-BC, Certified Imago Therapist
Address: 207 South Washington Street, Raymore, MO 64083
Laura Aube is licensed as a Counselor in the State of Missouri. She has advanced training as a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist, as well as a fully-credentialed Art Therapist. She has twenty-five years of experience as a therapist and specialized expertise in grief, trauma, couples and family therapy.