The practice of deep listening encourages students to engage in attentive and empathetic listening, fostering curiosity and compassion in their responses. Drawing upon insights from psychotherapy, neuroscience, and Buddhism (Oliver, 2003), deep listening serves as a method that enables group members to identify and transform unproductive patterns into more constructive interactions. Particularly in situations lacking immediate answers or clear solutions, the skills of deep listening become indispensable.
This tool aids in learning students to recognising such circumstances, building trust by valuing and taking others’ words seriously, clarifying the underlying issues and uncovering new possibilities.
Deep listening embodies a learning-oriented process, wherein the listener refrains from judgment and remains receptive to information, allowing the speaker ample space to articulate their thoughts and emotions. This creates a secure environment for free expression, fostering a profound connection between speakers and listeners.
The student is able to relate to others and oneself with kindness, empathy and compassion and address related suffering