To be listened to, heard completely without judgement is heaven on earth. The joy one experiences in the process is boundless. No gyaan, no advice and no interpretation of what is shared! The space is open for a heart to heart connect and more. This is what an Empathy circle brings…
Are we Listening!!
Viktor Frankl, one of the great psychologists of the twentieth century, survived the death camps of Nazi Germany. Frankl once told the story of a woman who called him in the middle of the night to calmly inform him, she was about to commit suicide.
Frankl kept her on the phone and talked her through her depression, giving her reason after reason to carry on living. Finally, she promised she would not take her life, and she kept her word. When they later met, Frankl asked which reason had persuaded her to live?
“None of them” she told him. What then influenced her to go on living, he pressed? Her answer was simple, it was Frankl’s willingness to listen to her in the middle of the night.
A world in which there was someone ready to listen to another’s pain seemed to her a world in which it was worthwhile to live. Often, it is not the brilliant argument that makes the difference. Sometimes the small act of listening is the greatest gift we can give.
Empathy Circles can happen with different kinds of group, we hold Empathy Circle common groups, organizations and open groups. Any person who is looking to build capability in empathy, deep listening, building real relations, can join an Empathy Circles