the gift of presence

“…The human soul doesn’t want to be advised or fixed or saved. It simply wants to be witnessed — to be seen, heard and companioned exactly as it is. When we make that kind of deep bow to the soul of a suffering person, our respect reinforces the soul’s healing resources, the only resources that can help the sufferer make it through…”

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http://www.onbeing.org/blog/parker-palmer-the-gift-of-presence-the-perils-of-advice/8628

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