Contemplative practices for fostering kindness and compassion.
Praise for Right Listening …
“Right Listening is a delight. It is simple, direct and profound; easy to read and follow. People crave attention and understanding, and this book
will help those in all relationships improve their ability to connect, listen and love.”
~ Frederic Luskin, author Forgive for Good
Director, Stanford Forgiveness Project
Core Faculty, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, CA
“This delightful little book contains huge treasures, the ones that can bring us back into the joy of being human together. I imagine that if a reader
only focused on two or three of the many skills given here, that they would quickly become skilled in listening, and would fall in love with the places
that real conversation always takes us.”
~ Margaret J. Wheatley, author
Turning to One Another and
Leadership and the New Science
“Listening is no small skill, and so this little book is no small matter. Everyone who wants better relationships and more productivity should read this.
It’s fun, easy to read and speaks to the heart of the matter. I think it’s a winner.”
~ Richard Carlson, Ph.D., author
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
“The foundation of good teaching is the ability to listen. Although Mark Brady and Jennifer Austin Leigh write for a much broader audience, they have
provided an indispensable tool – actually, a great gift – for classroom instructors. I will carry Right Listening in my pocket on a daily basis.”
~ Mary Fainsod Katzenstein, Ph.D.
“When you do what I do for a living, it’s rare to find a book that’s practical, satisfying, learnable and inspirational all in the same breath. Right Listening
is all that and much, much more. Two copies should be issued simultaneously with every marriage license.”
~ Peter Pearson, co-author
In Quest of the Mythical Mate
co-founder, The Couples Institute
“A true treasure! When we shift our attention toward listening, our whole world changes. Learning to listen is equal to learning to love. This creative
handbook teaches us that learning to listen does not have to be a mystery. Rather, there are tangible ways that we can deepen our capacity for
empathy and presence - transforming our relationships with others and ourselves. It has helped me to be a better educator, spouse, and parent.
Right Listening is a rare gift indeed!”
~ Ruth Cox, Ph.D.
Institute for Holistic Healing Studies
San Francisco State University
“This book may be little, but the significance of its message is big…very big. With appealing modesty and great sensitivity, Mark Brady offers the
reader a wealth of practical tips for how to listen more attentively and effectively to others. If only a fraction of this wise advice could be put into
practice, the benefits – for listener and speaker alike – would be enormous.”
~ Doug McAdams, Ph.D.
former director, Center for Advanced
Study in the Behavioral Sciences
co-author, Dynamics of Contention
“Reading Right Listening should be required for all human beings, as soon as they can read and as long as their eyesight allows. The fundamentals
of listening, articulated so clearly, spell out how to achieve this distinctly human skill. Don’t pass up the opportunity to deepen your skill, regardless
of your current level of proficiency. We can all become deeper, stronger and better listeners.”
~ Joan C. King, Ph.D., P.C.C.
(Professional Certified Coach)
Biologist and author of Cellular Wisdom
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Why I Wrote This Book -
I have been researching, teaching and practicing listening skills for more
than a dozen years now. In that time, over which I’ve written six books on this
topic, three things have become abundantly clear. First, most aspiring clinicians
and counselors and just regular folks are surprised to learn how profoundly the
difference is between normal hearing and deeply listening. Many also come to
recognize that, like any skill we desire to master, skillful listening must be regu-
Second, people are also surprised to discover just how challenging
learning to listen skillfully actually is, especially when it involves emotionally
charged topics like money, death or sex; it requires us to pay close attention to
ourselves and others on many levels. And finally, while people generally under-
stand that direct benefits result from being listened to - from being able to give
voice to our lived experience to a significant other - they are often genuinely
surprised to discover that greater benefits actually accrue to the listener themselves!
(See the research links at the bottom of this page).