Compassionate Listening: The Greatest Gift

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With Siddharth Shah, MD

- Thursday, December 8, 6:30-8:30pm

During the holiday season, as we give and receive gifts as expressions of gratitude, we may be surprised to know that one of the most meaningful gifts lies within each of us. The act of listening—and listening well—is one of the greatest gifts we can give while also receiving something for ourselves. This evening will deepen our understanding of compassionate listening and strengthen this inner gift through exercises and dialogue. 
 
Compassionate listening allows us to connect to deeper feelings, and these feelings seem to arise in specific regions of the brain, such as the insula and its interconnections. Through listening exercises coupled with body awareness, we can experience bi-directional healing. In other words, the act of giving simultaneously becomes the act of receiving.



Siddharth Ashvin Shah, MD is a physician specializing in integrative medicine, behavioral medicine, public health, and healing trauma. A common thread to all of Dr. Shah’s work is demonstrating how people can meet trauma and related psychosocial difficulties with resiliency and positive strategies. He travels worldwide to train diverse groups on Integrative Psychosocial Resilience, which blends East-West therapies and mind-body strategies. He is medical director of Greenleaf Integrative Strategies, a service firm that helps caregivers prevent compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. In addition to standard medical education at Baylor College of Medicine and Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Shah trained in psychotherapy, group dynamics, medical hypnosis, meditation, and yoga. Dr. Shah is also a certified Laughter Yoga teacher and has led laughter therapy sessions with Smith Center navigators. He is the author and artist for albums that assist in eating mindfully, sleeping, caregiver self-care, and stress relief.

Please note that registration is not required for this program, but is helpful for planning the event. Seating will be available on a first come, first served basis.


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