My yoga instructor once said, “Don’t anticipate my words. Stay in the now. Stop thinking about what movement is coming next. Wait until I say change to come out of your posture.”
That’s why I love the practice. When class is over, you can take your practice with you. Out of the studio and into the world.
Especially with the suggestion of anticipation. This is a surefire practice to help you grow bigger ears. One of the major blocks to effective listening, after all, is anticipating.
Anticipating what you’re going to say next. Anticipating what the other person is going to say. Anticipating what the other person is trying to say. Anticipating how you’re going to inject your opinion. Anticipating how you’re going to prove the other person wrong. Anticipating how you’re going to relate to what the other person is saying.
Are you listening or waiting to talk?
Scott Ginsberg is a writer, daily practitioner and work study volunteer at Bikram Yoga Park Slope.