Listening is not just etiquette; it’s a way of loving, honoring and repecting.  It’s a way of sharing ourselves and our humanity.

Ways to listen with compassion, understanding and intention:

Be present and give the speaker your full attention.

Show interest, be generous, encourage the speaker.

Listen with your heart as well as your ears.

Make it safe for the speaker to share his or her thoughts and feelings.

Listen to every word without interrupting or wishing to speak yourself.

When the speaker has finished, acknowledge what you heard without judging or correcting.

( From “How Many People Does It Take To Make A Difference?)

“I felt it shelter to speak to you.”  Emily Dickinson