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Take a moment and let your body and mind settle. If you are comfortable doing so, spend a few moments in peaceful meditation. To prepare for this session on listening, reflect on your own experiences. When have you found it hardest to listen well? When is it easiest? What might you do to listen more carefully? Do you see listening as a spiritual practice?

As an adult leader, your opinion may have more influence than those of participants. Therefore, your personal disclosure should not become part of the discussion unless participants ask you a question directly. In that case, be sure to preface your opinion by setting the context that each of us, adults and children, has different opinions, and yours is one among many. Then guide the conversation away from your own opinion and allow participants to reflect on their own thoughts.

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