Jul 23 2022
Looking for the light in each other: A Conversation with Listening Expert, Kay Lindahl.
If there's one thing we could all be doing to make the world a better place, it would be to become better listeners. That's why I'm so interested in the work of listening guru Kay Lindahl. Kay is the founder of The Listening Center in Long Beach, CA, and conducts workshops and retreats around the world on the sacred art of listening for religious, spiritual, community and business groups. A Certified Listening Professional and an ordained interfaith minister, Kay is the author of several books on the power of listening, including The Sacred Art of Listening, Practicing the Sacred Art of Listening, and How Does God Listen? What got me most interested in Kay's work is the seriousness with which she approaches the discipline of listening. Where many might see listening as a passive exercise, Kay sees it as a powerful creative force for change; where others might assume listening is a simple act requiring little preparation, Kay sees listening as a sacred act and a life-long discipline.In this podcast, Kay talks about:The role of ritual in setting the context for listening. The difference between dialogue and discussion, and why it's important to know whether you're having one or the other.Why listening presence is more important than listening technique.How three three essential and interconnected practices unleash our full listening powers:Listening to source (the practice of silence).Listening to self (the practice of reflection).Listening to others (the practice of presence).