More Than You Can Imagine

The quotation above is simple and sweet. For any of us who have mentioned to others that we volunteer as listeners and received the puzzled response, “What? You just listen?” the poster is a welcomed acknowledgment of listening’s value. Still, the...

The Gift of Being Neutral

The Gift of Being Neutral In our ongoing training and honing of our listening skills, one of the things that we can be reminded of is remaining neutral in our role as listener. In the service of listening to another we are mindful of our facial expressions, body...

You Make Me Not Homeless

As I sat down to write this week’s letter a reminder flashed on my phone. The same reminder flashes every day at 10am AK time and has done so for many years. I leave the reminder there not because it is still hanging around waiting to be completed and checked...

The Gift of Being With What Is

Last week we shown a light on how, no matter our preferences in life, ‘it is what it is’ and that is key to our service of listening – compassionate listening. What comes up for you when you think about ‘compassion?’ When I think of our...

The Little Things

“You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you.” (Andy Worhol) As the years of our commitment to listening approach a decade, this little thing we do – listen – is a perfect example of Worhol’s insight....