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How to Listen Without Getting Defensive

How to Listen Without Getting Defensive

It’s rarely our first instinct to listen without getting defensive.  Defensiveness is a natural response designed to protect us in situations where we may be concerned for our safety.  However, when we become defensive, we close ourselves off to our hearts.  We become unable to access the vulnerable part of us that can actually shift and de-escalate conflict.  Additionally, we become cut off from valuable insights and perspectives from others, ultimately sabotaging effective communication and connection. The key to stepping out of our heavily reinforced habit of defending ourselves in conflict lies in focusing on two internal resources:  our intention and our attention.

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How To Increase Your Self-Love: 7 Ways to Get Grounded in Your Goodness

How To Increase Your Self-Love: 7 Ways to Get Grounded in Your Goodness

Self-love is such a fundamental aspect of our well-being, but what does it actually entail? If you’re anything like me, you might find yourself prioritizing others’ needs, juggling multiple responsibilities, and tuning into everyone else’s feelings and preferences. It can be easily to fall into old patterns and inadvertently neglect the most important relationship of all – the one we have with ourselves.

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