Tag: listening

When Someone Deeply Listens to You

A friend of ours – Kelly Hausknecht Chripczuk – shared this poem with us and we’d like to share it with you.  It’s a powerful statement about what we try our very best to do – listen deeply to allow others to share what’s on their hearts.   Listening deeply provides a place of safety and…
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Visiting with Her

One of the most valuable things we can do to heal one another is listen to each other’s stories.      Rebecca Falls We met with her in a local restaurant.   Her husband’s cancer is progressing, and lately, noticeably faster.   He is dying.   She needed to talk.   She offered to buy us tea on that cold…
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I am Enough. We are Enough.

Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness.  It means cultivating the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, “No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough.  It’s going to bed at night thinking, “Yes, I am imperfect and…
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Genuinely Listen

I am thankful for people who ask, “How are you?”, and then make eye contact and genuinely listen to your answer! Of course, this is opposed to people who ask, “How are you?”, and then while you’re starting to answer, walk away or start talking to someone else.        Wanda Jacobs  Listening well and focusing…
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The Sacredness of Listening

We believe in the profound power of listening. We have continually relearned and have been amazed by the transforming effect of giving one’s time to hearing the dreams, hopes, fears and conditions of the people in our lives. It has become increasingly clear to us how true the words of Australian-born author Miles Franklin are:…
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Compassionate Patience

What then is the compassionate way? The compassionate way is the patient way. Patience is the discipline of compassion. This becomes obvious when we realize that the word compassion could be read as com-patience. The word passion and patience both find their roots in the Latin word “pati”, which means “suffering”. The compassionate life could…
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The First Duty of Love

The first duty of love is to listen.     Paul Tillich The fancy word for what we are called is counselors.  But really, truly, we believe that mainly we are listeners.  To be honest, there have been many meetings we’ve had with others in which we didn’t have a whole lot of answers or much wisdom…
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Wounds

Getting in touch with one’s soul means going through one’s own struggle and despair and also realizing that it is working through those wounds that helps you unite with other people.Linda Leonard, Ph.D. Throughout our lives there are seasons that often seem not only dark but painful. Maybe it was because of a broken relationship.…
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