Compassionate Listening

Saturday, March 7


The secret of creating peace is that when you listen to other people you have only one purpose:  to offer them an opportunity to open their hearts.  If you can keep that awareness and compassion alive in you, then you can sit and listen for an hour even if the other person expresses wrong perceptions, condemnation, and bitterness.  You can continue to listen because you are protected by the nectar of compassion in your own heart.  Keeping your awareness keeps you safe in your own peace.

Thich Nhat Hanh