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Listening and hearing… what a subject!

Listening and hearing… what a subject! As teachers and players, we are doing them both all the time. It’s absorbing and can be tiring.

This last week I have noticed two pupils have suddenly “heard” what I’ve been saying for a long time. They have acted and I can see the enlightened looks on their faces, of the surprise and pleasure of having shifted themselves into a new state of awareness and new behaviour.

Each term I look with most students, at what habits are now totally active, the emotional habits that need discarding because they are self-limiting, and the new habits we are going to nurture. Habits are habit-forming.