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listening

Tara Brach is a psychotherapist and meditation teacher based in Washington DC. I was listening to a podcast episode of hers last night called The Sacred Art of Listening. In it she quoted Mark Nepo’s understanding of the nature of listening:

To lean in softly with a willingness to be changed by what we hear.

That willingness to be changed bit is remarkably beautiful and, speaking personally,(!) probably quite rare. I wonder what it would be like to work in an environment in which willingness to change was valorised at the expense of staking claims, protecting territory, and competitive ambition.

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