It's in any conversation. Can you hear it?

It doesn't seem easy to stay right where we are in the purity and togetherness of who we are. It doesn't seem easy to listen with presence when job demands and targets stare at us, when performance is at stake, when we spent our days running from crisis to crisis. To develop deep empathy. And what if it were easy, anyways? What if we gave ourselves permission to listen to each other just a bit longer. What if we could slow down just long enough to connect? What if we get to be real?

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Networking: Opening space for relationship.

What exactly is networking, what do we do, how do we behave? Something at the core of real networking connects us to our shared humanity. Networking is perhaps nothing more but the quiet, contemplative art of crafting with others a web that holds the luminescence of empty space and nurtures the health of relationship. Networking in spaciousness is never about me and always about we. We belong. I don’t need anything in the circle of this net. We help each other. 

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Listening as Presence

The acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton, who defines real quiet as "presence," explores a practice of deep listening as a taking in of the world, just as it is. The art of listening is so needed. From war zones to family settings and businesses, poor listening has caused enormous suffering, cost lives, and the loss of millions of dollars. Research shows that the average person listens at only about 25 percent efficiency. So how do we learn to listen again? 

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