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The Sacred Art of Listening : Forty Reflections for Cultivating a Spiritual Practice - Kay Lindahl

The Sacred Art of Listening

Forty Reflections for Cultivating a Spiritual Practice

Paperback Published: 1st December 2001
ISBN: 9781893361447
Number Of Pages: 140

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More than ever before we need to rediscover -- or discover for the first time -- the skills and practice of listening. Kay Lindahl, founder of The Listening Center in California, guides readers through forty practices of deep listening -- to our Source, to ourselves, and to each other.

Readers will learn to:
-- Speak clearly from the heart.
-- Communicate with courage and compassion.
-- Heighten their awareness and sensitivity to opportunities for deep listening.
-- Enhance their ability to listen to people with different belief systems.

Through Lindahl's inspiring text and Schnapper's contemplative artwork, readers will learn the three basic qualities of listening -- silence, reflection, and presence -- demonstrating that the key to healthy relationships, learning something new, and spiritual transformation is as fundamental as listening.

"The lost art of listening is found in The Sacred Art of Listening. The work of Kay Lindahl could assist you to find your spiritual path." --Pauline Oliveros, composer/performer and founder of Deep Listening(R)



"This elegantly profound book will help lead us to a more enlightened time when the listening ear, not the penetrating eye, will be our primary symbol of understanding. The Sacred Art of Listening will help us create harmony within ourselves as well as with all around us." --Brooke Medicine Eagle, author of Buffalo Woman Comes Singing and The Last Ghost Dance



"This is a truly beautiful book, and a powerful one--opening us in an effective and practical way to wondrous new depths of human living. So much in so few pages, true wisdom." --M. Basil Pennington, OCSO, coauthor of Finding Grace at the Center: The Beginning of Centering Prayer



"I like the insight that life is too often defined by meetings instead of meeting. We need both at the same time. The Sacred Art of Listening, in its wise and reflective way, tells us how. Read, ponder and inwardly digest it." --Malcolm Boyd, poet/writer-in-residence, Cathedral Center of St. Paul, Los Angeles



"The Sacred Art of Listening unlocks multiple doors of separation and allows the reader to enter into realms of authentic and clear relationships." --Rt. Rev. William E. Swing, Episcopal Bishop, Diocese of California; founder and president of the United Religions Initiative "The lost art of listening is found in "The Sacred Art of Listening." The work of Kay Lindahl could assist you to find your spiritual path." Pauline Oliveros, composer/performer and founder of Deep Listening(r)

This elegantly profound book will help lead us to a more enlightened time when the listening ear, not the penetrating eye, will be our primary symbol of understanding. "The Sacred Art of Listening" will help us create harmony within ourselves as well as with all around us. Brooke Medicine Eagle, author of "Buffalo Woman Comes Singing" and "The Last Ghost Dance"

This is a truly beautiful book, and a powerful one opening us in an effective and practical way to wondrous new depths of human living. So much in so few pages, true wisdom. M. Basil Pennington, OCSO, coauthor of "Finding Grace at the Center: The Beginning of Centering Prayer"

I like the insight that life is too often defined by meetings instead of meeting. We need both at the same time. "The Sacred Art of Listening," in its wise and reflective way, tells us how. Read, ponder and inwardly digest it. Malcolm Boyd, poet/writer-in-residence, Cathedral Center of St. Paul, Los Angeles

"The Sacred Art of Listening" unlocks multiple doors of separation and allows the reader to enter into realms of authentic and clear relationships. Rt. Rev. William E. Swing, Episcopal Bishop, Diocese of California; founder and president of the United Religions Initiative

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The Beginning
Your Invitationp. 3
The Circle of Lifep. 6
Practicing the Sacred Art of Listening
Qualities of Deep Listening: Listening for essencep. 11
A Sacred Art: Listening as spiritual awarenessp. 14
Using Silence: Listening to access your stillpointp. 17
Learning from Experience: Listening for new possibilitiesp. 20
Communion: Listening to communicatep. 23
Rituals: Listening for meaningp. 26
Dialogue or Discussion: Listening for contextp. 29
Seeking Common Ground: Listening to appreciatep. 32
Common Values: Listening for connectionp. 35
Presence: Listening from your heartp. 38
Conversations of the Heart: Listening for soulp. 41
Creating Safe Spaces: Listening with lovep. 44
Self-Expression: Listening with humilityp. 47
Practicing Peace: Listening to understandp. 50
Creating Harmony: Listening for integrationp. 53
Delving Deeper: Listening for insightp. 56
Simple Sharing: Listening for experiencesp. 59
Love in Action: Listening as caringp. 62
Hearing Nuances: Listening for each voicep. 65
Slowing Down: Listening to reflectp. 68
The Voice Within: Listening for changep. 71
Assumptions: Listening for clarityp. 74
Learning from Passion: Listening for visionp. 77
Contemplative Prayer: Listening for guidancep. 80
The Agenda-free Conversation: Listening with opennessp. 83
Cultural Differences: Listening without prejudicep. 86
Attention: Listening for perspectivep. 89
Hospitality: Listening as a giftp. 92
Focus: Listening for the holyp. 95
Engage First: Listening beyond appearancesp. 98
The Challenge of Change: Listening creativelyp. 101
Relationships: Listening for deeper connectionsp. 104
The Gift of Solitude: Listening to the silencep. 107
Practicing Reflection: Listening for the questionsp. 110
A Sacred Meeting Place: Listening through prayerp. 113
Recognizing Intolerance: Listening for your humanityp. 116
Patience: Listening with intentionp. 119
Harvest Time: Listening with gratitudep. 122
Being Yourself: Listening with authenticityp. 125
Being Complete: Listening beyond the pastp. 128
In Closing
Listening in Your Worldp. 133
Principles of Dialoguep. 134
How This Book Was Createdp. 136
How the Art Was Createdp. 137
Acknowledgmentsp. 138
Source Notesp. 140
Journal Pagesp. 141
About SkyLight Pathsp. 143
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ISBN: 9781893361447
ISBN-10: 1893361446
Series: Art of Spiritual Living
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 140
Published: 1st December 2001
Publisher: SkyLight Paths Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 20.32  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.31