It was proof positive this morning that we hear with our brains as well as our ears. I have been told this in the past, but this morning I experienced the phenomenon.
I was on my way to work and decided to pick up some coffee through the drive through, (those lines are so much longer now) and took the time to plan out my day. I had a few moments. When I reached the loud speaker, this was the conversation:
“Good morning, how can I help you?” The loud speaker said.
“I would like a large black coffee please.” I answered.
“What would you like in your coffee?”
” Just the way black coffee comes please.” I said in a tone that was trying to avoid sarcasm.
“Oh…oh…please pull up.”
Now the person on the other end was obviously responding out of habit, or not listening with her brain. She was not being mindful.
Mindfulness has become such an experience of deeper communication for me. I find that when I am present and listen with my ears as well as my brain, true connection happens. Then when I listen with my ears and my brain, and find that I need to also listen with my heart…it gets complicated. Mindfulness definitely takes practice.
I got my coffee by the way. Just like I like it. Sometimes they put sugar and cream on the side to be safe.