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The Art of Companioning                       by Alan Wolfelt


  • Companioning is about honouring the spirit; it is not about focusing on the intellect.

  • Companioning is about curiosity; it is not about expertise.

  • Companioning is about learning from others; it is not about teaching them.

  • Companioning is about walking alongside; it is not about leading.

  • Companioning is about being still; it is not about frantic movement forward.

  • Companioning is about discovering the gifts of sacred silence; it is not about filling every painful moment with words.

  • Companioning is about listening with the heart; it is not about analyzing with the head.

  • Companioning is about bearing witness to the struggles of others; it is not about directing those struggles.

  • Companioning is about being present to another person’s pain; it is not about taking away the pain.

  • Companioning is about respecting disorder and confusion; it is not about imposing order and logic.

  • Companioning is about going into the wilderness of the soul with another human being; it is not about thinking you are responsible for finding the way out.

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