Mental Health Monday—the power of listening

Lord, You listen to the desires of those who suffer. You steady their hearts; You listen closely to them. (Psalm 10:17)

“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.” —Epictetus

The first duty of love is to listen.” —Paul Tillich

“Listening is much more than allowing another to talk while waiting for a chance to respond. Listening is paying full attention to others and welcoming them into our very beings. The beauty of listening is that those who are listened to start feeling accepted, start taking our words more seriously and discovering their true selves. —Henri Nouwen

“Empathetic listening is an awesome medication for the hurting heart.” —Gary Chapman

“With the gift of listening comes the gift of healing.” —Catherine Doherty

For many years Sergeant Kevin Briggs had a dark, unusual, at times strangely rewarding job: He patrolled the southern end of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, a popular site for suicide attempts. In a sobering, deeply personal talk Briggs shares stories from those he’s met, standing on the edge of life. He relates how the encounters helped him learn the therapeutic value of listening.