In the practice of compassionate listening, you listen with only one purpose: to give the other person a chance to speak out and suffer less.
Practice breathing in and out deeply and concentrate on what you are hearing.
While the other person speaks, they may express bitterness, wrong perceptions, or make accusations.
If you allow these things to touch off the anger in you, then you lose your capacity to listen deeply.
Listening with mindfulness helps you to keep your compassion alive.
It protects you, and your anger will not be triggered.
Even fifteen minutes of listening like this can be very healing and can bring a lot of relief to another.
You may be the first person who has ever listened to him or her like that.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Day 34 of the 35 Days of Love