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In this powerful solo episode, we hear a story of a daughter’s disappointment and how her mother makes space for that pain, with love and without judgement. Matana tells us how her daughter so badly wanted to travel abroad for a family wedding but due to covid travel restrictions, was unable to. Like so many facing mild or severe disappointments, regardless of the level of challenge, being there to help another person in pain can be daunting.

Simply holding space for them, allows a feeling of empathy to unfold and can help sooth a broken heart. The knowledge that they are not alone can provide comfort and avoid long term trauma by having a guilt free listening ear to help them feel they are not alone in their struggle.

Asking a child or loved one what’s wrong isn’t being invasive. When done in earnest, without judgement or rebuke and when coming from a wellspring of kindness and love, it allows them to share their feelings in a safe place, not only creating a long and strong bond of friendship and trust.

Most of us yearn for a listening ear not only to empathize but to help relieve the burden that at times, weigh heavily on us. Role modeling empathy to our children is an excellent method of training the next generation to be kinder humans and ultimately, makes us better too.

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“We don’t have the answers to fix the pain, but one of the greatest gifts God gave us was the gift of empathy, the gift of sympathy, the gift of holding space for somebody else when someone is in pain or in tragedy” @MatanaJacobs #HopetoRecharge

“Trauma is from the child feeling pain during childhood and not having support or a safe place to share that pain”  @MatanaJacobs #HopetoRecharge

“The only way we can really get rid of the pain is by sitting in it” @MatanaJacobs #HopetoRecharge

“I decided that I’m going to listen in order to understand, not in order to respond” @MatanaJacobs #HopetoRecharge

“If your child is suffering in silence, just ask them to share with you what is going on without feeling threatened” @MatanaJacobs #HopetoRecharge


Topics Discussed

  • Holding space for other people
  • Listening to understand, without being threatened by what you might hear
  • Listening to understand, without judging
  • Using empathy to help others heal


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