Listening with the Heart - a Guide for Compassionate Listening

  • This guidebook by Carol Hwoschinsky, was written to answer the many requests for more information about Compassionate Listening. What is it? Why do we do it? What are its applications? When is it appropriate and when is it not? How do we do it? How could someone become involved? The book is organized around these questions.

    The book was written with the belief that this work should expand and become the basis of all dialogue. It serves as an invitation to enlarge the community of people, world wide, who know the importance of respect and compassion in all human interactions. It is meant to be both inspirational and practical. All proceeds from the sale of this Guidebook go to the Compassionate Listening Project.


    Table of Contents

    Part One gives the philosophy and theory of Compassionate Listening and what the benefits, results, and outcomes can be.


    Part Two introduces the practice. Starting with basic individual preparation through inner work, one learns the basic practical steps for mastering the skills. Exercises for practice and the mastery of skills are offered. Encountering challenges is also addressed in this section.

    Part Three offers ways to become more involved and possibilities for expanding this work. It includes exercises and skills for working with study groups, projects, and the broader community.

    Part Four describes examples of five different models of Compassionate Listening Projects with contact information.

    The Appendix provides further material with which to deepen your experience both individually and in group settings.

    A Glossary of Terms defines some of the major concepts used in the Compassionate Listening context.

    The Reference section includes a bibliography and contact information of some groups involved in Compassionate Listening projects.