My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for The Compassionate Listening Project, Indianola, WA, USA
In 2001, as the Director of a peace organization in New England, I was invited to participate in a Basic Compassionate Listening training nearby. This invitation came at the perfect time as I had found that many in the "peace community" were anything but peaceful in their own behavior and in their approach to peace-building. From the moment I began to learn the skill and art of Compassionate Listening, I saw it as the "real deal" in terms of learning to be peaceful in our own hearts and thus becoming powerful influences for peace in our surroundings. I pursued a deepening study and practice of Compassionate Listening, which has changed my entire way of being with others and dealing with conflict. The Compassionate Listening curriculum, which I have taught for over ten years now, gives us the tools to see what obstacles lie in the path of our being able to really listen, with our total presence and healing intention, to others - and to work on eliminating those obstacles. The work I have done with people from all walks of life, both here and in the Middle East, has shown me how effectively Compassionate Listening melts the hearts of people who would otherwise never sit in the same room together. Once "enemies" have been able to listen to each others' stories, they can relate to one another as human beings who suffer from the same things and who want the same things for themselves and their families. Witnessing this melting, and the personal "aha" moments that participants so frequently experience, just keeps me coming back to do more and more of this work. I do not know how many hundreds or even thousands of people the Compassionate Listening Project has touched and enriched; but I can certainly count myself among them.