Resources: Listening & Relationships

Listening And Relationships

Listening is more than a communications skill, it is a capacity that arises from receptive presence and awakens our awareness. As we learn to listen inwardly, we begin to understand and care for the life that is here. And as we listen to others, that same intimacy emerges.

In the resources below, we examine the blocks to listening and the practices that cultivate this essential domain of human potential. Our focus is both on the transformational power of listening in our personal lives, and also the necessity for deep listening if we are to bring healing to our wider society.

Talks on Listening & Relationships

The Courage to Love – Part 1

The Courage to Love – Part 1

The gateway to full intimacy and love is our capacity to open to vulnerability. These two talks look at our ways of avoiding vulnerability, and offer guidance in learning to...

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Spiritual Reparenting

Spiritual Reparenting

[CC] ~ When we are not sufficiently nurtured in childhood, we are inclined toward anxiety, depression, addiction and other forms of suffering. In a deep way, we do not feel at...

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Listening with an Awake Heart – Part 2

Listening with an Awake Heart – Part 2

"Listening and feeling heard are absolutely intrinsic to awakening our hearts and cultivating an open awareness in ourselves and in our world. …The only answer to polarization,...

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Listening with an Awake Heart – Part 1

Listening with an Awake Heart – Part 1

Deep listening - to our inner life, each other and our world - is an intrinsic expression of our awakened heart. Yet because we have strong conditioning to be caught in wants and...

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Tara Talks: When an Attempt at Reconnection Goes Astray (6:13 min.)

Tara Talks: Not Enough Time (3:27 min.)

The more stressed we are, the more likely it is that we’ll mistake the needs of someone we care about for “an interruption.” Listen to and watch the full talk: Listening to the...

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Tara Talks: When an Attempt at Reconnection Goes Astray (6:13 min.)

Tara Talks: We Have To Listen (2:48 min.)

Longfellow’s insight that “if we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility” is really...

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Listening to the Song – Part 2

Listening to the Song – Part 2

Listening is more than a communications skill, it is a capacity that awakens our awareness. As we learn to listen inwardly, we begin to understand and care for the life that is...

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Listening to the Song – Part 1

Listening to the Song – Part 1

Listening is more than a communications skill, it is a capacity that awakens our awareness. As we learn to listen inwardly, we begin to understand and care for the life that is...

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Your Awake Heart Is Calling You

Your Awake Heart Is Calling You

As individuals and societies, we are pulled by both the insecurity of our evolutionary past, and by our awake heart, our capacity for mindfulness and compassion. This talk...

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Meditations on Listening & Relationships

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