If you know me in person, you might know that at times I like to talk a lot. I am working on becoming a little more conscious of what I say, and so I designed for myself a program called “silent hours.”
So now I choose just one hour to be silent. Some days I practice two hours, other days none at all.
If I’m around another person during this hour, I try to listen as much as possible to what they have to say and share only what would be necessary for them to hear. This limits my amount of complaining, venting, and interrupting. It increases my amount of true listening and allows me to have more empathy for the other person.
Silent hours have been successful so far. In a society where everyone wants to talk and be heard, it is rewarding (although not always easy) to just listen and for awhile be quietly present in the world.