91 Claremont Ave.
Cultivating Mindfulness Through Deep Listening with Valerie Brown
A Day of Mindfulness of the Community of Mindfulness New York Metro, Riverside Church, NY
*Offered by donation.
March 16, 2019
“You listen not for the purpose of judging, criticizing or analyzing. You listen only to help the other person to express himself and find some relief from his suffering.”
Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh
“The first duty of love is to listen.”
Listening is a vital and overlooked life skill and the cornerstone of building trustworthy relationships. Listening is an act of love, extending toward collegiality, agreeableness, understanding, and compassion. It is a mindset of being rather than doing. Strong listening skills are a critical aspect of cultivating peace within and peace in the world. At the heart of authentic listening is the courage to be fully human, to take risks, to care deeply, and to take action even in the midst of change and uncertainty.
The basis for cultivating listening skills is mindfulness, and this Day of Mindfulness focuses on basic mindfulness skills to support, greater awareness, understanding and relational trust. To enhance individual and collective mindful awareness, this Day of Mindfulness will largely be held in silence with the exception of a period of deep listening practice in small and large groups.