Tags » Compassionate Listening

Untangling the Drama, Compassionately.

We’ve all been there. We rush into a verbal dispute between students and must actively work to understand, assess culpability and  determine the appropriate discipline or outcome.   323 more words

Active Listening

Where Are You From?

Attitudes are like accents. The pronunciation of a person’s thoughts offers clues to their state of mind.

Strong attitudes can complicate a conversation in the same way a strong accent might. 132 more words

Equip

Daily Riches: A World Without Mirrors ... Or Gravity (Rebecca Solnit, Isak Dinesen, St. Benedict, Søren Kierkegaard)

“To be a person is to have a story to tell.” Isak Dinesen

“Listen and attend with the ear of your heart.” St. Benedict

“I finally became completely silent. 435 more words

Awareness

Daily Riches: Seeing Your Enemy as a Human In Distress (Susan Edmiston, Leonard Scheff, Thich Nhat Hanh and Cynthia Bourgeault)

“Action taken when I am angry is going to be irrational and probably stupid.” Susan Edmiston, and Leonard Scheff

“In dealing with the emotion that arises when we are attacked, it’s necessary to first allow space for the other person’s anger without reacting. 429 more words

Loving Well

Turn the Teacher Off!

“I used to confuse and misuse the two kinds of listening, and I bet many other teachers can relate. As a consequence, the people I cared about, who only needed me to… 1,354 more words

Education

Daily Riches: The Rare Gift of Attention/ A Love Without Strings (Belden Lane, Simone Weil, Alan Jones and Edward Abbey)

“Attention consists of suspending our thought, leaving it detached, empty …ready to receive in its naked truth the object that is to penetrate it.'” Simone Weil… 439 more words

Loving Well

Prickles and Peace - Hugh Smiley

This photo of my living room cactus and buddha-statue on a sunny afternoon inspires a possible sequence for getting to the informed and compassionate action required for healing and transforming the gargantuan backlog of accumulated and self-perpetuating trauma in our human race (whew – all that in one breath!). 109 more words

Blog