Tag: someone to listen

Why will there be restlessness within our hearts this Thanksgiving?

Compassion is sometimes a fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside someone else’s skin.  It is the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too. ~Frederick Buechner This past weekend we were invited to do two…
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14 Mother Teresa Quotes about Changing the World–via Relevant Magazine



“Someone To Tell It To: Sharing Life’s Journey” Our book, “Someone To Tell It To: Sharing Life’s Journey” is currently in the design and production process for publication and will be available for sale in mid-July. More details will follow in our July newsletter. Here’s what other authors and experts have written, through their endorsements…
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer-“Impatient, Inattentive Listening”

“There is a kind of listening with half an ear that presumes already to know what the other person has to say. It is an impatient, inattentive listening, that despises the brother and is only waiting for a chance to speak and thus get rid of the other person. This is no fulfillment of our…
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer-The Ministry of Listening

“The first service that one owes to others in the fellowship consists in listening to them. Just as love to God begins with listening to His Word, so the beginning of love for the brethren is learning to listen to them. It is God’s love for us that He not only gives us His Word…
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The Art and Value of Good Listening

The Art and Value of Good Listening 3 steps to becoming a good listener-Psychology Today Published on September 28, 2012 by Sherrie Bourg Carter, Psy.D. in High Octane Women In the first few years of life, we’re all taught to speak. In fact, it’s an important developmental milestone, a sign that a child is developing…
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Creating Safety

“Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.” Karl A. Menninger “Help! That is what I’ve wanted to shout for most of my life. But I didn’t. I…
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The true definition of the word ‘obedience’.

Obedience. This word most often evokes many negative feelings and ideas conjuring up images of someone ordering us to do something without us having any say or input.  A parent yelling at a child to clean up her room.  A husband or a wife demanding that the other work harder to bring in more money. …
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Listening as Spiritual Hospitality

To listen is very hard, because it asks of us so much interior stability that we no longer need to prove ourselves by speeches, arguments, statements, or declarations. True listeners no longer have an inner need to make their presence known. They are free to receive, to welcome, to accept. Listening is much more than…
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Consolation is a beautiful word

I first received the news via text message.  A good friend of mine had suddenly lost a family member.  It happened moments after my son slammed his tiny finger between our waffle iron after breakfast–causing the blood to well up underneath the nail.  Moments later I opened my inbox, noticing several emails from people who…
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