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Listening, the power of generous questions, and spiritual direction.

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Carol Ludwig and Krista Tippett discuss listening, the power of generous questions, and spiritual direction.

1. How do you honor someone by listening to them?

2. Deep and generous questions are powerful. What is the intentionality behind the questions you ask spiritual directees and other important people in your life?

3. What does an embodied connection mean to you? How do you deepen it?

Carol Ludwig is a graduate of Shalem and Washington Theological Union spiritual direction formation programs in Washington, DC, USA, as well as Mercy Center’s supervision program in Burlingame, California, USA. She has been teaching at Audire, a formation and training program in Orlando, Florida, USA, since 1999, and is executive director of the Vero Beach Center for Spiritual Care. Ludwig served overseas as a diplomat for twenty-six years and speaks several languages. She served on SDI’s coordinating council from 2001 until 2006, and is currently a member of the Presence editorial review panel. Ludwig has presented overseas for SDI in Denmark, France, and Ireland. She has served on the faculties of Audire, Loyola University, Mercy Center, Sacred Heart University, and the Shalem Institute (adjunct).

Krista Tippett lives in Minnesota, USA, and has won a Peabody Award for her radio show, On Being. She recently received a National Humanities Medal from President Obama "for thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence." She was a The New York Times journalist in Berlin and also reported for Newsweek, The International Herald Tribune, the BBC, and Die Zeit. Tippett wrote her first book, Speaking of Faith, in part to answer the question she is often asked—how she went from that mode of geopolitical engagement to becoming a religious person and student of theology. Her second book, Einstein’s God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit, argues that science and religion, far from being mutually exclusive, are complementary realms of inquiry. Tippett’s goal is to understand how religious revelations, diverse spiritual practices, and cutting-edge advances in science and medicine can inspire and improve the way we live our lives.

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