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.
This is a fun book to read, full of both thought-provoking ideas and humor. I enjoyed reading it and think it is an important book in this day and age when we need, more than ever to connect with others. Shambhala books are always beautifully produced and inspiring to read.
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Shambhala; 1 edition (April 10, 2012)
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