Deep listening means listening in tolerance and inclusiveness — what Quakers call "devout listening." Council removes the option of interrupting a speaker, so that each individual can speak without being afraid of being cut off. Also, we who hear have a chance to relax into spacious listening without judgment or prejudice, listening not only to what is said but also to what is left unsaid. As we listen, many responses may arise: memories, associations, insights, criticism, agreement. We can be aware that these narratives are happening within us, and be able to let them go.

Joan Halifax, Being with Dying