Companioning is about being present to another person’s pain;
It is not about taking away the pain.
Companioning is about going to the wilderness of the soul with another human being;
it is not about thinking you are responsible for finding the way out.
Companioning is about honoring the spirit;
it is not about focusing on the intellect.
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 judging or directing those struggles.
Companioning is about walking alongside;
it is not about leading or being led.
Companioning means discovering the gifts of the sacred silence;
it is not about filling up every moment with words.
Companioning is about respecting disorder and confusion;
it is not about imposing order and logic.
Companioning is about learning from others;
it is not about teaching them.
– By Alan Wolfelt
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