Love and the Art of Listening


In a day and age where we are constantly bombarded with information and distracted by technology; consider that giving someone your full and undivided attention, can be one of the highest forms of love. It’s so simple, and yet, can be so difficult to do. How often do you find yourself sitting with your partner or a friend and compulsively checking your phone or scrolling through social media? Or catching yourself in conversation not really listening to the other because you are too busy thinking of what you’re going to say next?


In the book “Calling In the One,” author Katherine Woodward Thomas highlights: “…the greatest gift you can ever give anyone is your complete and undivided attention. Never underestimate the importance of simply listening to others. For truly, listening is love in action.”


Mindfulness Exercise: Throughout the day, consciously choose to slow down and give your complete and undivided attention to as many people as you can. Notice if you are distracted or have any covert, personal agendas when that person is speaking to you. Continue to notice and bring yourself back to the moment, being present with the person who is speaking. Discover the gift of getting out of your way and connecting with those around you.


Darcy Manav, LMFT


I view therapy as a collaborative process in which I invite you to tune in to your own inner guidance systems; connecting to your truth, strength, and power. You may question whether these internal resources exist; they do. Together, we can identify and illuminate the underlying causes of many unwanted behavior patterns and self-limiting beliefs. We’ll explore tools and practices to navigate difficult emotions, remove blocks and empower you to move through life’s challenges like a warrior. Because therapy is not a one size fits all experience, sessions, and treatment goals are tailored to meet your specific needs and desires for positive growth and transformation.

Darcy is currently accepting online clients. To learn more about her schedule and availability, please visit our website at www.pacificmft.com/darcy-manav. Or call/ text/ email her at (424) 247-6126 /Darcy@pacificmft.com.

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