Compassionate listening is a personal practice which develops into a skill set of processes for conflict resolution.

Susan Partnow is a facilitator for the Compassionate Listening Project and explained that they created this project with the intention to heal divisions by listening. After years of study, they developed five core practices:

  1. Cultivate Compassion
  2. Develop the Fair Witness
  3. Respect Self and Others
  4. Listen with the Heart
  5. Speak from the Heart

Compassionate listening can help create self-compassion. Within relationships, compassionate listening teaches one to listen first and consider being in the other person's shoes. It also can create a mutual understanding and respect within the community.

Learn more about compassionate listening here or on Susan's website.