In this paper the author focuses on the connections and differences between Freudian free floating attention and the Buddhist practice of awareness, in relation to ethic listening. The author makes a special point in describing the qualitative aspects of this particular kind of attention. Without a daily and continuative training in the practice of attention respecting pauses, silence, awareness of one-self, there is no possibility of creating an inside place where listening is made possible, which is the basis for both dynamic and spiritual listening. Special focus is given to the role of ego-centration and ego-decentration, both in spiritual practices and Jungian theory of complex psychology. Jung describes a metapsychology in which there is a system de-centered with respect of the ego and centered with respect of the self. The author underlines how staying in the present moment opens the way to listening without preconceived opinions, or theoretical finalities, allowing the merging of spiritual and therapeutic listening.
Keywords: Free floating attention, sensorial event, dis-traction, self-awareness, present moment, ethic listening