One of the most effective ways I've found for practicing
listening is to have an empathy buddy, i.e. another person(s)
with whom to dialog with on a regular basis. Another highly
effective process is taking part in a regular Empathy
Circle. This circle
process was developed for small groups (3 to 5 people) to
speak, listen and dialog in a structured way that maximizes
mutual and reciprocal empathy.
For Building a Culture of Empathy
(Painting is by Mary Cassatt, who did amazing work in painting
the feeling of empathy and care in families).