I have a delightful page-a-day calendar called Buddha Doodles. On some days, it’s that very quick zen reminder on a busy day. A little pearl of wisdom to carry with me. They are often a simple sentence or two, or a quote accompanied by a cute buddist cartoon. On a recent day it was: Listen with Love. At first, I brushed over the idea. Of course, “Listen with Love” I thought. Got it. Except do I? How often do I actually listen with true love in my heart. As someone speaks, do I drop all other thoughts and truly look the speaker in the face and open my heart and listen? As I gaze at that person, do I actually remind myself what caused me to love that person? Do I listen with not only my ears, but with all of my senses? Truly listening is a skill that we don’t actually practice very often. We live in a world of distraction. We may be raising a generation of distracted people. I owe it to my loved ones and those I come in contact with to truly listen. I invite you to join me in raising our listening skills.