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The Wisdom of Listening

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The benefits of practicing true listening are very real. Through refining our listening skills, we not only understand just what to say; we also understand when not to say anything at all. We become more open, present, and responsive. In turn, we renew the sense of peace within ourselves.

And the effects on our romantic, family, and professional relationships are undeniable
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 15th 2003 by Wisdom Publications
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Caleb Winebrenner
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There is a vital need for deep and authentic listening in our world. Of course, no amount of reading can replace the practice of actually taking the time to listen. But, a thorough and caring book can be a valuable support to the practice. The Wisdom of Listening does just that. Drawing on the voices of some of the foremost teachers, thinkers, and guides of our time (A. H. Almaas, Ram Dass, Joan Halifax, and Marshall Rosenberg, to name a few), this collection reveals the breadth and significanc ...more
Kent Robinson
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Each essay in this book takes a new look at how to really listen. True listening is hard work and there really is no immediate reward for doing it. In fact truly listening is often tough in that you will hear things you don't want to hear. That is why most people do not listen well in the first place. This is also applies to listening to ourselves as well. The essays in this book are really useful for improving your listening skills and for working on being in the present moment and for being mi ...more
Sandy
This is a really good book. Each chapter is written by a different person from a different but related profession. They are all insightful. There is, however, one angle of 'listening' that is not included that I feel would be immensely beneficial to readers adn writers alike - that of a body worker... an energy practicer (of the ilk of that Tibetan Doctor mentioned in chapter.....; a Nick Chitty; a particular kind of massage therapist - one who really really tunes in to hear what the body has to ...more
Lyddie
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Wisdom of Listening was a little more focused on hospice work whereas I would have preferred a greater variety of professional or personal experiences represented, but the essays were generally very good to excellent.
Akhilesh Chaturvedi
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Its good book and provide insight to listening through your heart. I liked the Strategic questioning a lot.
Cindy
May 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Different essays on listening. Most have a Buddhist slant. Though most of the essays are about caregiving, I think it has a broader appeal.
Happyreader
Feb 09, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: spirituality
Basically a Listening reader. Some essays are only OK while a few others, like Margaret Thuxaw's "The Healing Power of Being Deeply Heard" are thoughtful and helpful.
Philippa
Jan 20, 2010 rated it it was ok
Interesting book especially in how to listen to those terminally ill or dying. Not christian so you have to eat the chicken and spit out the bones. Lot of new-age stuff.
Jen
Aug 25, 2010 added it
Excellent read, especially for anyone thinking about doing any kind of hospice.
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