Compassionate Listening

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Compassionate Listening

“Compassionate listening is crucial. We listen with the willingness to relieve the suffering of the other person, not to judge or argue with her.  We listen with all our attention. Even if we hear something that is not true, we continue to listen deeply so the other person can experess her pain and release her tensions within herself. If we reply to her or correct her, the practice will not bear fruit. We just listen.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

“Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person, they are almost indistinguishable.”
~ David W. Augsburger 
 Caring Enough to Hear and Be Heard