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The Sacred Art of Listening

Forty Reflections for Cultivating a Spiritual Practice

Kay Lindahl

8 x 8, 160 pp, b/w illus., Quality Paperback

Translated into Catalan, German, Slovenian and Spanish


Large Print edition also available from

Hearing and listening are two different things.
Learning to listen—really listen—requires sacred practice.

The Sacred Art of Listening guides you through forty practices of deep listening—to our Source, to ourselves, and to each other.

Inspiring text and contemplative artwork combine to communicate the three essential qualities of deep listening—silence, reflection, and presence. They demonstrate that the key to healthy relationships and spiritual transformation can be as basic as practicing the art of listening.

You will learn how to:

• Speak clearly from the heart

• Communicate with courage and compassion

• Heighten your awareness and sensitivity to opportunities for deep listening

• Enhance your ability to listen to people with different belief systems

“Clear and profound.... Teaches ... how to listen in a nonjudgmental way, taking in what others say even though it may be hazardous to our own point of view.”

Presence: The Journal of Spiritual Directors International

“The lost art of listening is found in The Sacred Art of Listening. The work of Kay Lindahl could assist you to find your spiritual path.”

Pauline Oliveros, composer/performer and founder of Deep Listeningsm

“This elegantly profound book will help lead us to a more enlightened time when the listening ear, not the penetrating eye, will be our primary symbol of understanding. The Sacred Art of Listening will help us create harmony within ourselves as well as with all around us.”

Brooke Medicine Eagle, author of Buffalo Woman Comes Singing and The Last Ghost Dance

“This is a truly beautiful book, and a powerful one—opening us in an effective and practical way to wondrous new depths of human living. So much in so few pages, true wisdom.”

M. Basil Pennington, OCSO, co-author of Finding Grace at the Center: The Beginning of Centering Prayer

“I like the insight that life is too often defined by meetings instead of meeting. We need both at the same time. The Sacred Art of Listening, in its wise and reflective way, tells us how. Read, ponder, and inwardly digest it.”

Malcolm Boyd, poet/writer-in-residence, Cathedral Center of St. Paul, Los Angeles

“Quieted learners can find gems … about commitment, humility and favoring integration over balance, to name a few of the themes…. The book is not large in size, but it is potentially powerful in application.”

Publishers Weekly

“This gracious book, beautifully illustrated, embraces the reader’s soul and provides specific exercises in mindfulness that beckon us to quiet down and practice silence, contemplation and presence with ourselves, others and God.”

Episcopal Life

“Offers a rich and multidimensional understanding of this important spiritual practice.”

Spirituality & Health

The Sacred Art of Listening unlocks multiple doors of separation and allows the reader to enter into realms of authentic and clear relationships.”

Rt. Rev. William E. Swing, Episcopal Bishop, Diocese of California; founder and president of the United Religions Initiative

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