Presentation: The Listening Circle

Image courtesy of Ky

To really listen to another human being is an art.

An art that we can all learn.

Whatever is on your mind or in your heart, the circle wants to hear it.

We are built to take in each other’s experiences, to bear witness to one another. To learn, grow and deepen our connections with self and others, as a result.

My name is Tahira Aslam and I am a great advocate for deep listening in community, in circle.

I believe in the power of respectful and reflective listening, to connect more deeply with ourselves, to give our hearts a voice, to give the inner voice an opportunity to be heard and expressed out loud, to unearth our own answers, to empower us as individuals, through the process of connecting more deeply with others.

“Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person, they are almost indistinguishable.” David W.Augsburger.

Saturday 21st October 2017 is World Listening Day, and I would like to use my workshop time, to offer an experiential listening circle.

This is a space for you, to share anything you wish. Perhaps reflect on the day you have experienced so far, perhaps how you feel about being heard and witnessed by a group of people, perhaps a creative idea wishes to be shared. The space is an open one, for you to express whatever wishes to be said in the moment.

To support a safe and well-held container for listening, participants are asked: to be gentle with yourself and others, to offer quiet and respectful listening when another is speaking and sharing their wisdom, to take responsibility for your needs and wishes and to speak honestly.

All that is shared in the circle remains in the circle, when it comes to a close. Outside of circle, I will not gossip about you.

Whatever profession you choose to enter, or whatever life path you take, the need for respectful and reflective listening is to be found everywhere.