The Lion's Gaze

What “The Lion’s Gaze” Can Teach Us About Practising Focused Listening

It’s so easy to get distracted as we navigate the challenges and changes and how  COVID19 has impacted our work and personal lives. Developing strong communication habits are more important than ever. 

Practice focused listening skills, and being present during your conversations.

When I l studied the Narativ© applied storytelling process I learned about an ancient Buddhist parable called “The Lion’s Gaze.”  I know that you will remember this teaching prompt!

The Lion’s Gaze:

“When you throw a ball to a dog, it chases the ball. But when you throw a ball to a lion, it keeps its gaze on you.”

The Milarepa, the great Buddhist sage in Tibet taught:

When you run after your thoughts, you are like a dog chasing a stick: every time a stick is thrown, you run after it. Instead, be like a lion who, rather than chasing after the stick, turns to face the thrower. One only throws a stick at a lion once.”  

I think that these quotes say it all!