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The Five Keys to Mindful Communication

Using Deep Listening and Mindful Speech to Strengthen Relationships, Heal Conflicts, and Accomplish Your Goals
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Shambhala
 | 
April, 2012
ISBN:
9781590309414
In stock now: 
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$17.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Sometimes the best books are the hardest to classify. This is a good example.

Good communication is essential to any healthy relationship, whether it’s between spouses, family members, friends, or co-workers, and mindfulness—the practice of nonjudgmental awareness—can help us communicate more effectively and meaningfully with others in our personal and professional lives. Here, Susan Chapman, a psychotherapist and long-time Buddhist practitioner, explains how the practice of mindfulness awareness can change the way we speak and listen, enhance our relationships, and help us achieve our goals.

 Chapman highlights five key elements of mindful communication—silence, mirroring, encouraging, discerning, and responding—that make it possible for us to listen more deeply to others and to develop greater clarity and confidence about how to respond. Other topics include

  • identifying your communication patterns and habits;
  • uncovering the hidden fears that often sabotage communication;
  • staying open in the midst of difficult conversations so that we can respond wisely and skillfully;
  • and learning how mindful communication can help us to become more truthful, compassionate, and flexible in our relationships.

Mindful communication includes learning how to open up all our senses and really listen to ourselves, each other, and our world...

This book is a training guide that offers practical tips on how to implement the view of we-first into our lives... Throughout the book, examples and anecdotes from my life and work illustrate the key points...

May we all benefit by creating a kind, gentle, and resilient society, one conversation at a time.

“In a clear and at time humorous style this encouraging book gives our heart the green light to open. Susan Chapman presents accessible practices from Buddhism and the best in psychology to help this happen.” —David Richo, author of Coming Home to Who You Are

Publisher’s Description: 

Good communication is essential to any healthy relationship, whether its between spouses, family members, friends, or co-workers, and mindfulnessthe practice of nonjudgmental awarenesscan help us communicate more effectively and meaningfully with others in our personal and professional lives. Here, Susan Chapman, a psychotherapist and long-time Buddhist practitioner, explains how the practice of mindfulness awareness can change the way we speak and listen, enhance our relationships, and help us achieve our goals.

Chapman highlights five key elements of mindful communicationsilence, mirroring, encouraging, discerning, and respondingthat make it possible for us to listen more deeply to others and to develop greater clarity and confidence about how to respond. Other topics include

identifying your communication patterns and habits;
uncovering the hidden fears that often sabotage communication;
staying open in the midst of difficult conversations so that we can respond wisely and skillfully;
and learning how mindful communication can help us to become more truthful, compassionate, and flexible in our relationships.

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