Hello all,

This is my first time write some post in English, so I hope you could share some edit or correction for my grammar. My name Glenn Wattimury, 37 years old married man with 2 children. It is a perfect chance join SALT Learning. Now I want to share one of my story while practicing SALT for first time.

I am going to Haruku a little village on one of Maluku islands that named Haruku also. In that place I want to visit one of Maluku's Kewang named Mr. Eli. Kewang is a forest/environment guardian. They chosen using their root one generation to next generation. Their duty to keep nature and environment as well. Usually I am someone who like to talk, but when I practice SALT on that visit I realize that it's so great, I get many lesson from LISTENING yeah sometimes Listening are Better, someone will feel they are listened and they will open to explored, on that session, Mr. Eli spoke to me about his matter, his problem, his worries, about his dream, something that very importan. And Mr. Eli know what different of me on that visit, he and some of my friends that follow and meet at that village realize that something different from myself.

From that I know that sometimes good for us to only listen, people or community or local will found you are open for them, open for their stories, open for their problem, and for their dream. You don't have to offer solution if you can't handle their problem, just listen them, that makes you accepted.

So I back to the town after spending two night with Mr. Eli and his family. And got a lesson, sometimes by Listening, you open the gate to someone that will lead you discover your own Strength.


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Comment by Rituu B. Nanda on June 21, 2016 at 10:26pm

Email response from Indumathi Ravishankar, India

On  Listening
During SALT visits, it is important to listen in a non-judgmental way. So much of what we see and hear on a daily basis is influenced by our past experiences, but in SALT when we listen , we achieve a neutral, present awareness that lets us hear the words without preconception. We not only listen to the words, we also listen to the emotion behind each word.

Listen without attaching any labels and neutrally allow yourself to get immeresed in the process, in the journey with the community.
The idea is to become fully entwined with what is being said without preconception or judgment.

Does SALT help in listening? I think so. Otherwise, no point in saying we are stimulating , appreciating/assimilating and transferring.
If we are judgmental while we listen, we will be transferring our judgmental views to another community. Moreover, wholeheartedly we will not stimulating, the triggers will come in the way and we will be labelling!

Comment by Jean-Louis Lamboray on June 20, 2016 at 2:17pm

Many thanks Glenn! 

For me, it is sometimes difficult to listen and "do nothing" ... Your story is simple and powerful and will help me in my own listening practice


Comment by chandra nurhasz on June 8, 2016 at 12:44pm
Keren, Glenn!

I really miss a simple and inspiring story like this one.

From SALT, I am able to learn and realize that we need to have 'ability' or 'skill' to listen; Listen in an appreciative way, listen in the willingness to learn.
Comment by Marlou on June 8, 2016 at 11:30am

Terima Kasih Glenn. A wonderful demonstration of how SALT starts with a change in your own behavior. Thanks for the great effort to post in English, very well done, your story is very clear!

Comment by Glenn Huib Wattimury on June 7, 2016 at 11:10pm

Thank you Autry, Its  good can inspire another.

Comment by Autry Haynes on June 7, 2016 at 10:58pm

Thanks much for your inspiring story Glen...your last statement says it ALL.....Am sure Rituu will respond to this. Looking forward to more inspiring posts from you Glen. Communication achieved here (^_^)


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