Sacred Art of Listening: 40 Reflections for Cultivating a Spiritual Practice by Kay LindahlSacred Art of Listening: 40 Reflections for Cultivating a Spiritual Practice by Kay Lindahl

Sacred Art of Listening: 40 Reflections for Cultivating a Spiritual Practice

byKay Lindahl

Paperback | February 1, 2008

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Hearing and listening are two different things. Learning to listen-really listen-requires sacred practice.

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

Kay Lindahl is the founder of The Listening Center in Laguna Niguel, California, and is recognized as an inspiring teacher and spiritual guide to people of all religious backgrounds. An ordained interfaith minister, she conducts workshops and retreats around the world on the sacred art of listening for religious, spiritual, community, ...
Title:Sacred Art of Listening: 40 Reflections for Cultivating a Spiritual PracticeFormat:PaperbackPublished:February 1, 2008Publisher:SkyLight Paths PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1893361446

ISBN - 13:9781893361447


Table of Contents

Part One: The Beginning

Your Invitation 3
The Circle of Life 6

Part Two: Practicing the Sacred Art of Listening

1. Qualities of Deep Listening
Listening for essence 11
2. A Sacred Art
Listening as spiritual awareness 14
3. Using Silence
Listening to access your stillpoint 17
4. Learning from Experience
Listening for new possibilities 20
5. Communion
Listening to communicate 23
6. Rituals
Listening for meaning 26
7. Dialogue or Discussion
Listening for context 29
8. Seeking Common Ground
Listening to appreciate 32
9. Common Values
Listening for connection 35
10. Presence
Listening from your heart 38
11. Conversations of the Heart
Listening for soul 41
12. Creating Safe Spaces
Listening with love 44
13. Self-Expression
Listening with humility 47
14. Practicing Peace
Listening to understand 50
15. Creating Harmony
Listening for integration 53
16. Delving Deeper
Listening for insight 56
17. Simple Sharing
Listening for experiences 59
18. Love in Action
Listening as caring 62
19. Hearing Nuances
Listening for each voice 65
20. Slowing Down
Listening to reflect 68
21. The Voice Within
Listening for change 71
22. Assumptions
Listening for clarity 74
23. Learning from Passion
Listening for vision 77
24. Contemplative Prayer
Listening for guidance 80
25. The Agenda-free Conversation
Listening with openness 83
26. Cultural Differences
Listening without prejudice 86
27. Attention
Listening for perspective 89
28. Hospitality
Listening as a gift 92
29. Focus
Listening for the holy 95
30. Engage First
Listening beyond appearances 98
31. The Challenge of Change
Listening creatively 101
32. Relationships
Listening for deeper connections 104
33. The Gift of Solitude
Listening to the silence 107
34. Practicing Reflection
Listening for the questions 110
35. A Sacred Meeting Place
Listening through prayer 113
36. Recognizing Intolerance
Listening for your humanity 116
37. Patience
Listening with intention 119
38. Harvest Time
Listening with gratitude 122
39. Being Yourself
Listening with authenticity 125
40. Being Complete
Listening beyond the past 128

Part Three: In Closing

Listening in Your World 133
Principles of Dialogue 134
How This Book Was Created 136
How the Art Was Created 137
Acknowledgments 138
Source Notes 140

Editorial Reviews

"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 Listening®"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, coauthor of Finding Grace at the Center: The Beginning of Centering Prayer"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