Listen up!

Listening is a form of communication. When you actively listen to another person, you create a space for sharing between you. This can either be a clear channel or cluttered with judgment, depending on HOW you’re listening. For example, “I already know what they’re gonna say, so why don’t I finish their sentence” is NOT a practice of active listening. During this week’s Gemini full moon/supermoon, aim to be a better, cleaner listener.

Be direct: Grab your partner by the wrist, sit them down, and ask thoughtful questions to understand them better. Instead of mentally crafting a response while they talk, give them the opportunity to be seen and heard. We’re all familiar with post-conversation exhaustion—what happens when someone has monopolized the entire dialogue. So GIVE what you want to RECEIVE: the attentive, thoughtful, engaged, and sincere listening that you desire.

Mirror, mirror.

Gemini is the sign of communication, and the Twins provide us with the ability to mirror what someone is trying to articulate. After you’ve heard someone out, try repeating what the person just told you. Not in an awkward parroting way, but in the “What I think I hear you saying is [insert the summary of what they said here]. Is that right?” Maybe they’ll correct you a little, or maybe they’ll just thank you. But, it’s incredibly validating to feel like someone really “gets” it.

Channel the “higher self” of another.

Have you ever waited for someone to properly say “I’m sorry” only to find yourself waiting around forever? And if you DID get some kind of half-assed amendment, it left you feeling unfulfilled? Well, here’s a technique we’ve tried before, which can help you gain some resolution. Put pen to paper. Relax. Imagine yourself as the person who hurt/betrayed/upset you—and write YOURSELF a letter, as if it’s from them.

This person may never apologize to you in real-time, but you’ll find as you channel their higher self (it will happen as the words flow), you resolve some of the energetic conflict, on a higher plane. It doesn’t mean you have to bring this person back into your life, like, ever. You’ll just have the satisfaction of experiencing “them” say things like, “I’m sorry I stopped calling. I was insecure and afraid you’d reject me first.” You might even find that it doesn’t matter who actually wrote the words—just that they got expressed.

Harness your alter ego.

Quirky Gemini is the sign of the alter ego. And let’s face it, we all have a colorful, flamboyant second self in us (or if you’re publicly wacky, a secret control freak)—even if it only comes out when we’re alone. This is the sign that includes the late and great Prince, Andre3000, and Mike Myers among its ranks. Gemini is also the zodiac’s gender-bender—or should we say gender-blender—merging masculine and feminine influences in a most intriguing way. Gender identity has become a mainstream topic like never before, and we can recognize that evolution at this year’s Gemini supermoon.

via MindBodyGreen