Except in rare occasions, real estate transactions are stressful to both buyers and sellers. Often they can be life-changing events. If you can understand this one fact and sharpen your skill as a deep listener your practice will flourish. Deep listening helps to relieve the stress of your clients and even your competitors.

Whenever we notice a remarkable coincidence we take heed, pay close attention and listen to the “message” that the coincident is trying to tell us. This morning Alexandra mentioned that Benedict Cumberbatch had narrated a documentary, Walk With Me about the 90-year-old Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh. It is a cinematic journey into the world of mindfulness.

When she was telling me about it (Ron, here) I glanced at my computer and saw a You Tube video of Oprah interviewing Thich Nhat Hanh. Under the caption it said, “Recommended for you”.  So, I jumped on it!

Oprah Winfrey calls Thich Nhat Hanh, “one of the most influential spiritual leaders of our time”. He has been instrumental in helping to popularize the concept of mindfulness, living in the present moment.

What do you think would happen if more people simply listened deeply, with compassion to the fears and concerns of others who disagree with them instead of fighting fire with fire? It certainly could reduce the stress of real estate transactions and increase your value as a concerned professional.  But, in general, it could help to reduce the tensions in the world so we could work together, rather than as adversaries, to create solutions where everyone could win.