A Deep Listening Break

by Mark Chmiel

During this morning’s sangha gathering, Chris invited us to do deep listening in pairs. In later sharing, something Cristina said sparked the following idea:

Instead of meeting a friend for coffee, meet her for a session of deep listening.

To begin, do five minutes of sitting/smiling meditation.

Then decide if you want to share on a specific topic or do an on-the-spot check-in. Also, decide who begins speaking and who listening.

One person shares for five or ten minutes. The listener doesn’t interrupt, doesn’t say a word, but listens as fully as he can. The speaker indicates when she is done.

Then the roles are reversed.

Thank you, Sangha!