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How Mindful Communication Makes Us More Compassionate - Mindful

How Mindful Communication Makes Us More Compassionate - Mindful

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Mindful Communication

Bringing awareness, or mindfulness, to the way we communicate with others has both practical and profound applications.

We can train ourselves to:

  • recognize when the channel of communication has shut down. 
  • remain silent instead of blurting out something we’ll late...

Each of us already has this natural communication system that feeds us information all the time. So when we close down and become defensive—for a few minutes, a few days, months or even a lifetime—we’re cutting ourselves off not only from others, but also from our natural ability to commun...

When we react to fear by shutting down the channel of communication, we’ve put up a defensive barrier that divides us from the world.

Signs you’re in the red light zone:

  • Our values shift to me-first.  We tell ourselves that relationships ...

The state of mind that exists in between open and closed.

Signs you’re in the In-Between zone:

  • In practicing mindful communication, eventually we ask ourselves: what exactly causes me to switch from open to closed and then open again?
  • We fin...

Signs you’re in the green light zone:

  • We let go of our opinions and enter a larger mind. This larger mind is sometimes described as a fluid awareness, a state of knowing.
  • Being co...

  • Realize how distorted our views of other people can be when we react defensively. 
  • When we can open up and see another person in a fresh way, our own self-image transforms. 

Learning how to switch out of defensiveness into a more humorous, receptive state of mind is a ...

... when fears and misperceptions arise during the In-Between state of mind. 

The reaction of shutting down is triggered by mistrust. If we can hold steady and be a little more aware of our defensiveness, we can learn from all our episodes of reactivity. 

Defensive reactions ba...

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