The Gift of Understanding
“The most important things are the hardest to say…And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you've said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That's the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller but for want of an understanding ear."
- The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman. A book as well as an online resource, 5lovelanguages.com, complete with quizzes to help you and your loved ones better understand how each of you naturally expresses love.
- The Lost Art of Listening by Michael P. Nichols. With examples, easy-to-learn techniques and practical exercises for becoming a better listener and making yourself heard and understood.
- Active Listening Techniques by Nixaly Leonardo. Explains techniques like paraphrasing, nonverbal cues, emotional labeling, mirroring, and validation, along with examples and strategies to put these tools to use.
- The Sacred Art of Listening by Kay Lindahl. Forty practices to develop essential qualities – silence, reflection, and presence – of deep listening, whether to Source, to ourselves, or to each other.
- The Listening Path by Julia Cameron. Practices to listen in a new way, igniting creativity that will resonate through every aspect of our lives.
- See No Stranger by Valarie Kaur. Calls us to see others not as strangers but rather as “part of me I do not yet know.” and includes a specific practice that can transform a relationship, a community, a culture, or a nation.