Mr. Hanks also talks about how Fred Roger's was really a great listener and this was something he took away with him from making this movie. He said he came up with an acronym..
W.A.I.T. - Why Am I Talking
All to often many of us are so intent on getting our voice heard that we fail to really listen to what others are saying. Sometimes out of nervousness we may feel we need to fill in those quiet pauses and continue to talk, instead of pausing to listen.
I do try to be a good listener and know this is another skill I can continue to improve upon. One thing in my reading up on the Art of Listening is ...what are we saying to ourselves.
As an exercise try to listen to what your self-talk is? How often? This can also clutter the mind and keep those vrittis very active. In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the second sutra is - "Yoga is the cessation of movements in the consciousness."
In Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by B.K.S. Iyengar on this sutra he writes, "Yoga shows ways of understanding the functioning of the mind, and helps to quieten their movements, leading one towards the undisturbed state of silence which dwells in the very seat of consciousness. Yoga is thus the art and science of mental discipline through which the mind becomes cultured and matured."
He also says, "The practice of yoga integrates a person through the journey of intelligence and consciousness from the external to the internal...Yoga, the restraint of fluctuating thought, leads to a sattvic state."
When we are quiet within, we feel a peaceful state. When we are more peaceful we can react and respond more to the present moment then to our past habitual way of responding. That pause can help give clarity. Sometimes that clarity will be recognizing we don't need to say anything..to ourselves, or others at that moment.
Below is a website I found that gives some good tips on the Art of Listening.
Thank you for listening to my thoughts :). Please feel free to share with me any of your Mr. Roger's memories.
Wishing you a wonderful day in the neighbourhood!
Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti,