Practicing the Sacred Art of Listening: A Guide to Enrich Your Relationships and Kindle Your Spiritual Life - The Listening Center Workshop

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SkyLight Paths Publishing, 2003 - Family & Relationships - 176 pages
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Poor listening leads to misunderstandings and lost opportunities. Learning to listen well requires spiritual practice.

It happens at work and at home, with strangers and close friends, in heated debates and in quiet conversations--you hear someone speaking, but often you don't truly listen.

Kay Lindahl's highly respected workshops are attended by people from a broad range of backgrounds. Her first book, The Sacred Art of Listening, has been published to acclaim in North America, Europe and Asia. Now she offers practical, easy-to-follow advice and exercises to enhance your capacity to listen in a spirit-filled way. Using examples from her own life and her work as a teacher of the sacred art of listening, Lindahl explores the nature and use of silence, reflection and divine presence as foundational qualities of listening and shows you how you can apply these in your everyday life.

This valuable workshop-in-a-book examines the varied ways we are called to deep listening, including:

  • Contemplative listening
  • Reflective listening
  • Heart listening
  • Listening in groups
  • Listening in conversations ... and more

You will find yourself inspired to discover how different your conversations will be when you stop just talking and start really listening.


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What Is Listening?
Contemplative Listening
Reflective Listening
Heart Listening
Opening Space for Listening
The Impact of Listening
Listening in Groups
Listening in Conversations
Daily Practices
Frequently Asked Questions
Guidelines for Practicing Centering Prayer
Listening Stick Exercise
Principles of Dialogue
Interfaith Café

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Kay Lindahl , the founder of The Listening Center in Long Beach, California, is author of How Does God Listen? ; Practicing the Sacred Art of Listening: A Guide to Enrich Your Relationships and Kindle Your Spiritual Life and The Sacred Art of Listening: Forty Reflections for Cultivating a Spiritual Practice. She is coeditor of Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership: Where Grace Meets Power (all SkyLight Paths). Kay Lindahl is available to speak on the following topics: The Sacred Art of Listening The Power of Listening The Transforming Nature of Listening The Lost Art of Listening Is Anybody Listening? The Importance of Listening for Health Care Professionals Click here to contact the author.

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