Learning to Listen with Compassion

Manage your response and learn to support yourself and others during this time of transformation.

Facilitator: Amalia Phillips, Certified Compassionate Listening Facilitator

This is a two-part workshop; attendance to both sessions is required.

Limited to 20 people. Additional registrants will be put on a waiting list.

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No matter your role in your organization, being attuned, to the changing needs of your co-workers as we navigate the ongoing pandemic and imagine a “transformation” of an eventual return to the office, can be fraught with emotions. Your abilities to talk and listen through conflicts and resolve differences will surely be tested. Listening with both ears and a heart creates space for differences in values, opinions, and attitudes, and allows you to manage your response to support yourself and others during this time of transformation.
If you lead others, they may assume you have all the answers about new policies and protocols, and you may get asked questions for which no satisfying answer exists. If you are a staff person with child care issues, you may find it challenging to speak your truths and may look with envy at your colleague, who having experienced difficulty working from home, is looking forward to coming back to work. When we choose to remain silent and hide our unmet needs and feelings of anxiety, we may create an unproductive, and sometimes even toxic, workplace environment.

Join us in a brave space to explore some new listening skills based on

Chesed – loving kindness and connection

Emet – telling our truth

Gevurah – setting boundaries

…all necessary to manage our response and learn to support yourselves and others during this time of transition.

In this two-session Learning to Listen with Compassion workshop you will start your journey towards:
–  Cultivating compassion and a willingness to remain engaged when there are disagreements
–  Stepping into the shoes of another person to truly understand his/her perspective
–  Understanding what it means to be a “fair witness” by remaining neutral in conflict situations and avoiding the pitfalls of defensiveness and blame
–  Establishing boundaries that respect the privacy of the other person
–  Listening with both ears and a heart that creates space for the other person and for differences in values, opinions, and attitudes
–  Speaking from the heart with language that reflects a healing intention rather than words of blame or judgement

Amalia Phillips brings a wealth of experience in the US and around the world as a long-time Jewish educator, Conflict Resolution Facilitator, mediator  and a Compassionate Listening Facilitator for the Compassionate Listening Project. Amalia artfully shares the principles of Compassionate Listening and nurtures brave conversations with groups of all sizes, including religious organizations, educational institutions, volunteer organizations, and her Listening Room. Amalia resides in Annapolis, MD. She is married and has 6 children and 12 grandchildren.

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