How often do you truly listen? I mean really listen, as in shutting your mind and not just your mouth and opening your whole being to take in the world around you? I know I don't as often as I should and it is something that I'm working on now.
For me meditation usually has a goal in mind, not necessarily a guided goal but I generally am trying to achieve something, a connection, a message, something. Listening for me is something different. I have no agenda, I am not trying to 'hear' anything, rather I am trying to 'listen', that is I'm trying to shut my mind off and become completely aware of the world around me, of the way it sounds. Its a pretty amazing experience.
When we open up ourselves to really listen to the world we perceive our place within it in a different light. I've come to realize more deeply how connected everything is. I have also come to see the depth and the darkness and the light and the energy and the potential for awe and terror. And as you develop further and open more you begin to 'hear' things, things that may not make sense but fill you with a feeling of something beyond words.
I try to make time to listen most nights before bed, when the world is somewhat quieter and I can let my mind relax because I know I will be sleeping after. It takes some practice, but it is well worth the effort.