The Sacred Art of Listening: Forty Reflections for Cultivating a Spiritual Practice / Edition 1

The Sacred Art of Listening: Forty Reflections for Cultivating a Spiritual Practice / Edition 1

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by Kay Lindahl, Amy Schnapper
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1893361446

ISBN-13: 9781893361447

Pub. Date: 12/01/2001

Publisher: Turner Publishing Company

Hearing and listening are two different things. Learning to listen—really listen—requires sacred practice.

The Sacred Art of Listening guides you through forty practices of deep listening—to our Source, to ourselves, and to each other.

Inspiring text and contemplative artwork combine to communicate the three essential

Overview

Hearing and listening are two different things. Learning to listen—really listen—requires sacred practice.

The Sacred Art of Listening guides you through forty practices of deep listening—to our Source, to ourselves, and to each other.

Inspiring text and contemplative artwork combine to communicate the three essential qualities of deep listening—silence, reflection and presence. They demonstrate that the key to healthy relationships and spiritual transformation can be as basic as practicing the art of listening.

You will learn how to:

  • Speak clearly from the heart
  • Communicate with courage and compassion
  • Heighten your awareness and sensitivity to opportunities for deep listening
  • Enhance your ability to listen to people with different belief systems

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781893361447
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
12/01/2001
Series:
Art of Spiritual Living Series
Edition description:
1ST SKYLIG
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.38(d)

Table of Contents

Part One: The Beginning

Your Invitation 3
The Circle of Life 6

Part Two: Practicing the Sacred Art of Listening

1. Qualities of Deep Listening
Listening for essence 11
2. A Sacred Art
Listening as spiritual awareness 14
3. Using Silence
Listening to access your stillpoint 17
4. Learning from Experience
Listening for new possibilities 20
5. Communion
Listening to communicate 23
6. Rituals
Listening for meaning 26
7. Dialogue or Discussion
Listening for context 29
8. Seeking Common Ground
Listening to appreciate 32
9. Common Values
Listening for connection 35
10. Presence
Listening from your heart 38
11. Conversations of the Heart
Listening for soul 41
12. Creating Safe Spaces
Listening with love 44
13. Self-Expression
Listening with humility 47
14. Practicing Peace
Listening to understand 50
15. Creating Harmony
Listening for integration 53
16. Delving Deeper
Listening for insight 56
17. Simple Sharing
Listening for experiences 59
18. Love in Action
Listening as caring 62
19. Hearing Nuances
Listening for each voice 65
20. Slowing Down
Listening to reflect 68
21. The Voice Within
Listening for change 71
22. Assumptions
Listening for clarity 74
23. Learning from Passion
Listening for vision 77
24. Contemplative Prayer
Listening for guidance 80
25. The Agenda-free Conversation
Listening with openness 83
26. Cultural Differences
Listening without prejudice 86
27. Attention
Listening for perspective 89
28. Hospitality
Listening as a gift 92
29. Focus
Listening for the holy 95
30. Engage First
Listening beyond appearances 98
31. The Challenge of Change
Listening creatively 101
32. Relationships
Listening for deeper connections 104
33. The Gift of Solitude
Listening to the silence 107
34. Practicing Reflection
Listening for the questions 110
35. A Sacred Meeting Place
Listening through prayer 113
36. Recognizing Intolerance
Listening for your humanity 116
37. Patience
Listening with intention 119
38. Harvest Time
Listening with gratitude 122
39. Being Yourself
Listening with authenticity 125
40. Being Complete
Listening beyond the past 128

Part Three: In Closing

Listening in Your World 133
Principles of Dialogue 134
How This Book Was Created 136
How the Art Was Created 137
Acknowledgments 138
Source Notes 140

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The Sacred Art of Listening: Forty Reflections for Cultivating a Spiritual Practice 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Profound stuff here! Most of us are born with the gift to hear. However, how many of us properly apply the skill of listening? I don¿t know about you but, I didn¿t learn this stuff in school. At least not to the degree explored in this book. And I do feel that the book¿s contents are critical on many levels. Every aspect of our lives can be enhanced by improving this one skill. Let¿s talk reality here. In conversations with others, we formulate speculations and opinions on what they are saying before they even finish saying it sometimes finishing their sentences for them. Many times we are so busy trying to think of our refined reply (to make sure we look good or sound intelligent) that we really didn¿t comprehend what the other person was saying. Does any of this sound familiar? I know I have been guilty! This book reminded me of a great quote by one of my mentors Stephen R. Covey, ¿Seek first to understand and then to be understood.¿ Another key point that I wanted to share is that we live in such an information-crazed society where we simply cannot get enough information. Rarely do we slow down enough to smell the roses and reflect on what we just heard, or read, or saw... whatever the information vehicle. We just steamroll passed and look to gather more information. This book was a bit of a rude awakening for me in that it helped me understand that I need to slow down a bit, properly apply the power of listening, and improve my NOW. This is a small book and probably can be read in one sitting, however I highly recommend that you take your time to properly absorb and reflect on each chapter ¿ you¿ll be glad you did!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Sacred Art of Listening has opened up an entire world in my life that I had been ignoring - being quiet & listening. I am so caught up in the rush and 'doing' of life that I am exhausted most of the time. Kay has written a series of stories & reflections about simply listening in your life. I have been missing alot. I make an effort to stop and listen now when I am feeling overwhelmed. I like reading a page before I go to sleep, it helps me to relax.