To listen to another, wholly and heartfully, is an undertaking of love. The act, alone, of clearing out one’s schedule, choosing a time to show up, becoming present is an incredibly vulnerable and courageous position to accept both for listener and speaker. As we open to whatever feelings appear, speaker and listener relinquish control, comfort, and for however long we decide, quiet ourselves to that more subtle and innermost life. Sacred Listening requires presence, receptivity; it’s an opportunity to embody that which we espouse to do— hold holy space. Without judgment, we follow the beloved speaker to their depths of diverse states of awareness. Our countenance as the space holder becomes evidence of what awaits our return. Strength. Acceptance. Healing. Transparency is a process. Sharing ourselves takes courage. Listening is a means to meet both these ends.