TO LISTEN TO SOMEONE with the heart is to listen with empathy and with care to them and their stories. The heart of good listening is authenticity, genuine curiosity, and caring. No matter how good our technique is, the other person will know if we do not really care about what they are saying. Listening is not about judging, diagnosing, appraising, or evaluating. … Listening with the heart is also about hearing the feelings and emotions that lie beneath the words.
– Thomas Porter Jr.
The Spirit and Art of Conflict Transformation
From page 42 of The Spirit and Art of Conflict Transformation: Creating a Culture of JustPeace, Copyright © 2010 by Thomas Porter Jr. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Look for opportunities to listen with your heart today. Share your thoughts.
Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.
John 14:12, NRSV
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This week we remember: Julian of Norwich (May 13).
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