Sunday, July 31, 2011

Thought for the Day

Our listening creates a sanctuary
for the homeless parts within another person.
~ Rachel Naomi Remen
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Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.

Remen, a psycho-oncologist, is the author of Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal (Riverhead Books, 1996), My Grandfather's Blessings (Riverhead Books, 2000), and The Little Book of Kitchen Table Wisdom (Riverhead Trade, 2007), all of which I have read and recommend. She also has written The Will to Live and Other Mysteries (Sounds True, 2001), available as an audiobook.

7 comments:

Ruth said...

Attentive listening is active, as Remen's quote suggests. What a great image.

S. Etole said...

This reminds me so much of Louise's post on the man at the mall.

Louise Gallagher said...

Beautiful.

Seth said...

What a wonderful and thought provoking quote.

nance marie said...

i dreamed last night that my sister lost her hearing. i was trying to communicate things to her. though i never thought of writing to her. strange dream.

yes, listening involves a lot of mind and heart attention...focus, acceptance, and taking the time.
sounds a little like Love, doesn't it?

Poetic Soul said...

Wow, profound... I'll remember this each time someone needs to talk

Susan Cornels said...

I am copying this quote to share with my Muse groups. At the end of our meetings we share our art pieces and free writes that go with them, dwelling together for that time in the "listening sanctuary".