Frequently in our lives we will come across people who are suffering. Friends, loved ones, even strangers.
Sometimes we don’t have the answers to their suffering. And sometimes answers are not what is needed. What is needed is our presence, and our willingness to listen.
Listen deeply as they express how they are feeling. Listen with your whole being – not just your ears. Listen with your heart, your eyes, your total presence.
Listen in silence, without talking.
Give space for them to speak, and acknowledge their pain and suffering.
And through your intuition, caring and compassion allow them to reveal themselves and their feelings.
Often just by being present, and by listening fully and openly (and with acceptance), we help to alleviate their pain. And nothing else is needed.