Mindful Listening is easy to incorporate into your life. Use it to strengthen relationships and support your loved ones. By practising Mindful Listening our relationships deepen and the support we offer is more fruitful.
When we listen mindfully we show that we are fully present for the other person.
We give them the time and space to talk about their problems while showing them acceptance without judgement or distraction.
I am a Buddhist lay priest, a former crisis line volunteer, and I have a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. This has meant that I have supported people in need but I am also someone who experiences mental ill health and the challenges it brings.
My years spent volunteering for a suicide prevention line have given me a well developed set of support skills. I have used these skills supporting people who are experiencing emotional crises, suicidal thoughts, and people who are actively suicidal. These skills have been enhanced through my studies and training in Buddhism and from this I have developed Mindful Listening.