As a facilitator of developing listening skills, I was pleased to hear these two quotes in the following video Dialogue at Washington High:
- “Listening is one of the great acts of LOVE.”
- “An enemy is someone whose story you have not heard.” Gene Knudsen-Hoffman
An exercise of listening the students take part in, after the guest speakers in this video, is similar to one I urge in my groups. To witness the connection in the students,who are from different backgrounds and to hear their surprise at the outcome, verifies to me our need to begin to develop the, ” art of listening. ”
In the tools for learning I encourage, what I call three parts of the dialogue;
- the inner story we tell ourselves (that no hears but us)
- expressing to another
- receiving expression from another
In this clip I enjoyed hearing their interpretation for dialogue, as they refer to it. They mention it is not the following:
- it is not discussion or ideas back and forth, as this isn’t listening
- it is not social conversation
- it is not debate with a winner or loser
What they suggest is that it is a win/win for each person and from this comes new ideas, new ways of thinking where everyone benefits. The practice is simply listening. The exercise is to listen to each other without interruption for 15 minutes and then switch and listen to the other.
This is the basic skill I focus upon in my sessions and we work towards learning how to build upon this so that we can develop it into our everyday experience of interaction. Witnessing and hearing the sharing of the students experiences confirms the value of this technique.
Empathy from cultivating awareness from the inside out
The intent of this article is in the context of how communication and movement can support the decrease of anxiety, stress & fear.
- InTouch Communication: Values & Empathy integration in communication for transforming disconnection into connection
- Feldenkrais Movement: calming one’s nervous system.
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- InTouch on the Brain – ‘Reactions to Stress’
- Experiencing Presence through Left Brain, Right Brain Movement Awareness
- Find out more on how integrating the arts of movement, communication and space compliment your experience and encompasses a holistic approach to wellness.
Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Value-Based Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement since 2000, Founder of Greater Victoria Peace & Intercultural Celebrations since 2010 & Greater Victoria Labyrinths since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Calendar Founder – 2014 & 2015