A Kavannah Before Engaging in Challenging Conversations

two women sit across from each other in a darkly lit restaurant, engaging in conversation
This kavannah (intention) is for anyone who is about to engage in a challenging or difficult conversation, in any situation that stems from disagreement. You may want to use this kavannah as you prepare for a scheduled conversation, to read it in advance of the conversation or use with a challenging conversation that comes up organically and catches you off-guard. Writing it as a note on a card or in a ‘notes’ app on your phone are a couple of ways to have it easily accessible when needed.
Blessed one,
May I have the courage to listen with compassion,
May I have the patience to answer with respect,
Bless me with the curiosity of a child and the wisdom of generations as I engage in this conversation.
May it be your will, that this moment of learning will help me grow, evolve and improve as best as can be.


,אֱלֹהַי הַמְבֹרָךְ
,הַעֲנֵק לִי אֹמֶץ שֶׁאוּכַל לְהַקְשִׁיב בְּחֶמְלָה
,הַעֲנֵק לִי סַבְלָנוּת שֶׁאוּכַל לַעֲנוֹת בְּכָבוֹד
.בָּרֵךְ אוֹתִי בְּסַקְרָנוּתָם שֶׁל פָּעוֹטוֹת וּבְחָכְמַת הַדּוֹרוֹת בְּעוֹדִי חֵלֶק בְּשִׂיחָה הַזּוֹ
.יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנַיִךְ, שֶׁרֶגַע זֶה שֶׁל לְמִידָה יְסַיַּע לִי לְגָדוֹל וְלִצְמֹחַ וּלְשֶׁפַּר אֶת עַצְמִי כְּכָל הַנִּתָּן
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