Hearing and listening are two different things. Learning to listen—really listen—
requires sacred practice.
“Learning how to listen to and speak with each other are essential skills for creating relationships that lead to mutual respect, dialogue, understanding, and peace. As I explore a spiritual approach to listening, my understanding of what it actually means to listen continues to expand. Listening encompasses much more than words. Listening is a way of being in the world. These reflections speak from that voice.”
—from Part 1
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
“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 Listeningsm
“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, author of
“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