To me it means creating and holding life nurturing space for the other person. And to me the key ingredients for life nurturing are - being fully present, listening, appreciating mindfully, respecting freedom, both in physical space as well as with regard to choices/views. Many times, I have experienced both, giving and receiving this kind of hospitality. One experience goes back 5 yrs back when I hosted a destitute old woman in my space and another one is when an adolescent created a welcoming space for me about 8 yrs back, which continues even now after becoming an adult. After reading this piece, I am getting ideas for an upcoming workshop I am designing for doctors working in governement hospitals, to address their attitude towards patients. I am going to use this, so thank you for posting.
On Jan 6, 2015 Vibha wrote on The Difference Between Education and Training, by Rachel Naomi Remen:
Very useful article. To me education is trusting that the wisdom is in every student and teacher's role is to create nurturing conditions for that wisdom to unfold. Whereas training is like,"I know something that you do not and I am here to tell you". This difference becomes clear to me in my role a 'facilitator' and not as a 'trainer' in various group gatherings that I facilitate, irrespective of the subject matter.