Hearing Others in Qualitative Research
Chapter 7. A Call to Listen
A CALL TO LISTEN
The stage is set. The scene is now. It is your time. You are playing the role of listener. You prepare yourself by taking a deep breath, and then you take your place in the midst of the ongoing action and interactions. You are surrounded by sounds, stories, music, and voices. You lean in and listen. You are moved, rattled, and vibrated. You sit back and listen. You are caught off guard, startled, and surprised. You tune in and listen. You relate, resonate, and reverberate.
You listen. You hear and account for the sounds that surround you. You cultivate your awareness. You keep listening. You feel your way into and through the space. You engage as a listener. You create motion and transformation. You perform as a listener. You learn from others and about yourself.
You are invited to listen. You listen as an act of imagination and invitation. As you listen, you imagine new relationships, new spaces, and new lessons. As you listen you invite the sounds of others. You extend and open yourself as a listener: learning from, performing with, and relating to others. You keep listening.
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