Companioning requires mastery of detachment. Specifically “knowing that their spiritual work is not ours to do.” When we recognize that each person has their own path and process to find when they are having difficulty with something, we can companion them to find their own way to deal with things. When demonstrating companioning, it is important to emphasize that you are not giving advice or telling how you would or have handled similar challenges. It is mostly asking questions and listening with compassion.
The video shows how gentle Linda Kavelin Popov (co-founder of The Virtues Project) handles a puppet caterpillar’s fear of the next stage of their life. Even through humor, she remains gentle: