This conversation is apt, as by Week 7 we are starting to reflect on growing this "mindfulness project” out from a meditation practice and into daily life. In last weeks class, we spoke about "mindful listening and speaking" and this seems to be a thread crossing all of tonight’s conversations.
- How do we best listen in difficult conversations and difficult moments?
- What does it mean to be a mindful listener to both ourselves and to others?
- Can we listen with patience, wholeheartedly without letting our judgments or self-criticism be a barrier to hearing?
- Can we truly listen without worrying about how we might respond....lest we miss what is being said? What does it mean to just listen and just speak without trying to fix in any way?
- Could this meditation practice of listening to ourselves be a good balance to the despair and rage that we are aware of when responding to the unfairnesses in our lives, and help motivate us to respond in a sane way?
A short listening practice for daily life.
- For the rest of today try paying close attention to the beginning of your conversations with people.
- Noticing the intention, the first impulse to speak, attempting, when that impulse arises, to consciously stop and take one breath. Maybe two.
- Checking, without the need for self-criticism, the first impulse to express or make your point
- Notice what happens in the mind, the sensations in the body, allowing yourself the room, the openness, to receive these internally arising messages while you maintain a listening silence.
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