Learning to Listen in a Healing Way
Not all listening is alike and different types of listening have differing outcomes. Sometimes we listen for content (i.e. lectures) sometimes for pleasure (i.e. music), sometimes to evaluate (i.e. presidential debate), sometimes to help (i.e. therapists). Much of the time, we’re casually listening to the sounds and voices around us without giving any sound focused attention.
In this workshop, we will learn about and practice yet a different kind of listening – listening in a healing way. When we listen in a healing way, our attention is more on being than on doing. We listen to provide a safe space for another to share what is on her heart or mind, without evaluating, giving advice, or trying to fix or change anything. It is about bearing witness to another person and giving him the opportunity to “empty his heart”, as Thich Nhat Hanh said.
This workshop can benefit anyone: couples and families, caregivers, students, medical personnel, social workers, hospice employees, clergy, community leaders, and many others.
It is largely experiential and will have from 10-20 participants.
Saturday, September 14, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM