LISTENING IS AN ART, a spiritual practice. … Listening speaks to one of our deepest needs, to be understood or feel understood. Yes, we might like people to agree with us, take our side, but it is a great gift when we feel that the person understands us, even if the person does not agree with us. … Listening acknowledges and honors the other’s uniqueness with his or her own stories and truths. We each need to tell our story, and we each need to hear the other’s story. Being listened to provides the opening we need to tell our stories, to express feelings and ideas we would otherwise be afraid to voice.
– Thomas Porter
The Spirit and Art of Conflict Transformation
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Are you a friend to someone you can listen to? Share your thoughts.
Our soul has had more than its fill of the scorn of those who are at ease, of the contempt of the proud.
Psalm 123:4, NRSV
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This week we remember: Gertrude the Great of Helfta (November 16).
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