In teaching mindfulness practices to a group of individuals, we often are not aware of how these learnings ripple out into community. The informal sharing of these practices, sometimes in frightful circumstances, can have surprising and powerful effects on the lives of others.
We always have a choice in how we respond to what is before us. Coming from openness and curiosity, we have the capacity to take something that we consider annoying and find a new way to experience it.
Mindful communication includes careful attention to both speaking and listening in order to be more fully connected in conversation. When we listen with our full presence, both the speaker and the listener are rewarded. Amy shared some mindful listening practices to a senior retirement home, and the lessons learned were happily received.