What if the Listener cannot remain present?

Occasionally, the Listener may find that it is not possible to remain present with the Explorer due to intense feelings arising.

In that case, it is Listener's responsibility to let the Explorer know and request a two-minute meditative pause. The two-minute meditative pause is a time for both session partners to silently let their thoughts and feelings settle down.

At end of the meditative pause, the Listener checks-in with self. If the Listener is still not ready to return to deep listening, the partners have the following choices:

  1. continue meditative pause and then check-in again
  2. switch roles for an agreed-upon length of time
  3. end session and try again another time