A woman has found a unique way to help us listen to each other and combat loneliness.
In response to this problem, Tracy Rugel has founded a listening project to bring the human capacity for listening to the streets. Standing on sidewalk corners, she and her colleagues invite passersby to sit down and be listened to.
“The human animal is a hurting animal,” Rugel says. “We are meant to be in contact with each other. We offer human connection on city sidewalks to give people a platform to find balance in themselves.”
In launching this project, Rugel hopes to take our responsibility to each other as humans more seriously. “Our entire sense of self is developed in relationship. That’s a big, big deal.” This an initiative that every person can implement in their personal life to bring healing to ourselves and others — to practice listening with an open heart.