Thich Nhat Hanh: Deep listening is the kind of listening that can help relieve the suffering of another person.
You can call it compassionate listening. You listen with only one purpose: to help him or her to empty his heart. Even if he says things that are full of wrong perceptions, full of bitterness, you are still capable of continuing to listen with compassion. Because you know that listening like that, you give that person a chance to suffer less. If you want to help him to correct his perception, you wait for another time. For now, you don’t interrupt. You don’t argue. If you do, he loses his chance. You just listen with compassion and help him to suffer less. One hour like that can bring transformation and healing.
Oprah: Do you believe that deep and compassionate listening has the power to put the suffering of a person to an end, end wars and change the whole world for the better?
Watch this inspiring Super Soul Sunday video to discover from Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh how compassionate listening can change not only your life, but of those around, helping to relieve your suffering and the suffering of those around you, putting and end to wars and violence and creating a more peaceful and harmonious world.