Listen 2016

Optional to life, critical to willPower…LISTEN

LISTEN…in command form, creates a sense of urgency. It instructs us to pay attention. But, listening is ultimately a form of selective hearing. At times, we are listening too closely to certain stimuli and ignoring other very important messages. This week, the practice is to fine-tune our human auditory organ while turning up our internal auditory function.

Start off by turning off the TV, music, your phone, and any sort of notifications. Take some time here to LISTEN to the silence. Really listen. How does silence change your mood, breath, sense of time, focus, and feeling?

Put your hand on your heart and breathe. What do you want? What do you really want? LISTEN for that answer.

LISTEN to life…at various points of your day. Whether you’re in a serene setting or amidst the hustle and bustle of daily living, pause and listen to all the noises around you.

“LISTEN, I love you.” Tell someone. Remind someone. Reach someone. And, say it to yourself in the mirror when unloving thoughts invade your mental real estate.

Act as a sensory specialist and play around with music selection. Match music to your mood, the task at hand, or the way you want to feel. Select music to INSPIRE you in your acts of willPower this week.

LISTEN to your internal cues. Stomach growling, your sigh, yawn, the pitch of your voice, the words repeatedly coming out of your mouth — or, circulating in your mind. Which are worth paying attention to? Which have you been ignoring? Which have you been over-feeding?

LISTEN for hard landings with the intention to eliminate them. Whether that’s the thud-thud landing of a jump or the way your body collapses on the couch after an arduous or unrewarding day of work.

LISTEN to your angels. They’re all around you waiting to assist you. Ask for help. Then, listen to receive guidance. Their messages are often delivered from the mouths of strangers or loved ones. (See next.)

LISTEN to what’s being said…beyond what’s being said. Without over analyzing, assuming, or jumping to conclusions, just hold the space with consideration for the person standing in front of you or on the other end of the phone. Listen with the intent to connect more deeply.

Shallow conversations are like shallow breaths — both produce shallow living. When we tune in with our auditory organ, we build the intelligence of our bodies in connection with the world around us…and within us.

Want to explore LISTEN further? Click here and remind yourself, “Baby, I was born this way!”

Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah is a studio owner, fitness instructor and competitor. She is a former investment banker and equity research analyst with her MBA from the Wharton School and her MA in International Affairs from the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. Sarah is fluent in Japanese and consults with Japanese companies on corporate governance, finance, and investor relations. Sarah's interest in Japan stemmed from her first tour with Disney On Ice as a professional figure skater. For more info on Sarah and her studio, visit