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Openness Zone

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 connected to this fluid awareness gives us the power to trust our instincts.
  • When we’re open, we don’t regard our individual needs to be in opposition to the needs of others. 
  • Openness is heartfelt, willing to share the joy and pain of others.
  • Because we’re not blocked by our own opinions, our conversations with others explore new worlds of experience. We learn, change and expand.

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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 ...

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...

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...

... 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...

  • 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 ...

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