We must not allow other people’s limited perceptions to define us. — Virginia Satir
Virginia Satir wrote a book called Making Contact and it changed my life. It is simple, timeless, and to the point. Full of compassion, profound wisdom, and applicable knowledge. She talks about how as humans we rarely make *real* contact with others and why it is so important that we learn to do so. *Highly recommend*. The quote of Satir’s that is above is the focus for this post; I wanted to give some context about it and give a shout out to her book Making Contact.
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The cure to being offend-able is to realize that you cannot control others, but you can control how you react and respond to what others say and do.”– Terri Cole
Over the last year I have been reading Thich Nhat Hanh’s book You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment. My aunt let me borrow it and I have been slowly making my way through it’s simple, life changing pages. One of the most pressing parts of this book, a piece of truth I have been mulling over, is the practice of compassionate listening. It’s a way to receive the thoughts, words, and emotions of another person, no matter the intent, tone, or content. By doing this you help relieve the suffering of that person. Thich Nhat Hanh says, “You listen with only one purpose: to help him or her to empty his heart. Even if he says things that are full of wrong perceptions, full of bitterness, you are still capable of continuing to listen with compassion.”
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