Sousaku Hanga woodblock print by Yoshida Toshi, ca. 1970
Compassionate Listening Practice by Thich Nhat Hanh
When we speak of listening with compassion, we usually think of listening to someone else. But we must also listen to the wounded child inside of us. The wounded child in us is here in the present moment. And we can heal him or her right now.
“My dear little wounded child, I’m here for you, ready to listen to you. Please tell me all your suffering, all your pain. I am here, really listening.” If you know how to go back to her, to him, and listen like that every day for five or 10 minutes, healing will take place. … Do that for a few weeks or a few months, the wounded child in you will be healed. Mindfulness is the energy that can help us do this. The Tibetan Bowl Timer will gently bring your practice to an end after 10 minutes.
—Thich Nhat Hanh, from Anger: Wisdom to Cool the Flames
Zen Alarm Clock for a Gentle Awakening with a Bowl Gong and Mindfulness Timer
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