“This is a serious problem that we’re losing our listening. This is not trivial. Because listening is our access to understanding. Conscious listening always creates understanding. And only without conscious listening can these things happen — a world where we don’t listen to each other at all, is a very scary place indeed.”

-Julian Treasure

Listening is something that we do everyday, but increasingly, this activity is not something we do well. Study after study indicate that our listening ability is decreasing.  Conscious listening is one of the building blocks of the Quest and exercise that is not just useful for the Quest itself but for the world beyond. Listening well isn’t just an ability, it is a practice and if your ears need some, this TED talk by sound consultant Julian Treasure give five simple activities to “re-tune your ears for conscious listening.”