The Zeno of Citium said, more than 2,000 years ago, "The reason why we have two ears and only one mouth is that we may listen the more and talk the less. The reward for listening, then, is wisdom."
When we listen to what others have to say, we instill in them a sense of being worthwhile, and also imbibe knowledge from their life experiences. As Kay Lindahl says in the book, Practicing the Sacred Art of Listening, “Envision a conversation in which each person is listened to with respect, even those whose views are different from yours. This is all possible in conversations of the heart.”