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....

Each Step

Some of you may recognize the artwork above – the artist is Alex Grey. Alex and Alison Grey are both intensely creative and community oriented contemporary artists. I will admit to you that the first time I saw Alex’s work it didn’t appeal to me. A glossy print...

Look Me in the Eye

Today I had intended to write about the impact of modern devices, cellphone and tablets, on young people today (I know, that makes me feel very old) but as I wrote using the modern technology in front of me it not only seemed hypocritical, it is a topic far bigger...