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Compassionate Listening

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Zen master, spiritual leader, poet, peace activist, and founder of Plum Village. In this short video he introduces deep listening, also called compassionate listening.


Learning to communicate ... all over again

Everyone is busy these days and no one seems to have the capacity to listen, to really listen. How often do we speak and feel cut off, or politely interrupted and find ourselves biting our tongue? 1,679 more words


Listening to the Spaces

Listening is not about words or sound, it is about creating space. It is about creating a special kind of space. When the farmer plants his crop her prepares the space for the seed to be planted. 308 more words


Communication Skills With Someone who is Grieving

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Active Listening: A Powerful Gift to Someone who is Grieving, by Jeff Brookshire

Probably the number one question I hear from people who want to care for a grieving friend, coworker or family member is,“What can I do?” We want to be a part of the solution by helping them on their grief journey.  1,111 more words

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Our Story....

It is nearly impossible to continue “hate” once you understand a person’s story.

If what you think about yourself (or other’s) isn’t kind, then you haven’t found the whole story yet. 29 more words

A Therapist's Thoughts

How to Avoid "Comforting" the Bereaved with Uncomforting Sayings

Announcement on March 22nd–Just in: on this date my post called Why I Am a Stuffed Shirt about Jeans at a Funeral is the top trending one in the Los Angeles Jewish Journal. 616 more words


Healing the Inner Child in Thich Nhat Hanh's words

The Child Within

In each of us, there is a young, suffering child.  We have all had times of difficulty as children and many of us have experienced trauma.   2,271 more words

Mental Health