Compassionate listening is to help the other side suffer less. If we realize that other people are the same people as we are, we are no longer angry at them.
- Thich Nhat Hanh
What is the Compassionate Listening Project?
The Compassionate Listening Project is a non-profit organization that utilizes compassionate listening as a method to help people awaken to what the mystics from all of the great faiths have known for centuries: that cultivating the wisdom of the heart is the key to real peace from the inside out. The intention of Compassionate Listening is to access our deepest wisdom to transform separation and conflict into an opportunity for connection, healing and peace.
What are the essentials of Compassionate Listening?
The Compassionate Listening method has four main components 1) A personal practice – to cultivate inner strength, self-awareness self-regulation and wisdom 2) A skill set – to enhance interpersonal relations and navigate a challenging conversation
3) A process – to bring individuals or groups together to bridge their differences and transform conflict 4) A healing gift – to offer a compassionate listening session to a person who feels marginalized or in pain
What are the listener requirements of this method?
Compassionate Listening requires non-judgmental listening and deepening, non-adversarial questions. Listeners seek the truth of the person speaking, seeing through ‘masks of hostility and fear to the sacredness of the individual.’ Listeners accept what others say as their perceptions, and validate the right to their perceptions. In this way, listeners seek to humanize the ‘other’, thereby. cutting through barriers of defense and mistrust, enabling both those listened to and those listening to hear themselves in new light.
What are some of the programs and offerings?
The Contemplative Listening Project has numerous programs and resources available including the following. 1) Workshops - 1 or 2 day 2) Journey's - to Israel and Palestine 3) 1x1 Coaching & Consulting 4) Facilitator & Mentoring Certification 5) Books 6) Gatherings 7) Audio & Video productions