Listening as an Act of Surrender

Deep listening means letting go – of the urge to judge, of the impulse to fix, of the desire to control outcomes and situations.  Deep listening has us surrender to the present moment.  It means we risk being changed by drawing close to someone’s story – especially when listening across divides.  “The most critical part of listening is asking what is at stake for the other person” says Valarie Kaur.  And then to ask “What is this story demanding of me?  What will I do now that I know this?”  Deep listening asks us to surrender our preconceptions of ourselves and others so we can reimagine a beloved community for all.

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