“Good listening, just like good cooking, takes time. There is a Slow Food movement, why not a Slow Listening movement? It is a good analogy and a great way to help people think about it.
“At the core of this initiative idea is invitation and the creation of places and spaces for people to listen to each other’s stories. Invitation is the beginning of co-creation. Imagine what this capacity to listen could create… What if we listen to our children like that? What if we listened to each other like that? What if listened to the earth like that? What wisdom could we discover together if we stepped into the kind of deep listening that enables a different future to emerge?
“One of the challenges is to help people to see and embrace the paradox we need to go slow to go fast. It takes time, patience, courage and stamina to listen to another’s pain. Ninety percent of the effectiveness of listening is simply showing up and being present – and that can be so difficult! In a culture raised on soundbites and entertainment, presence is a rare commodity. The more we can cultivate presence, the more (and better!) stories will be shared with us, and the more the healing potential in stories can unfold.”
Read the full story by story activist, Mary Alice Arthur who is featured in our recently released film ‘A New Story for Humanity, Change the Story, Change the World’….