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Good communication is essential to any healthy relationship, whether it’s between spouses, family members, friends, or co-workers, and mindfulness—the practice of nonjudgmental awareness—can help us communicate more effectively and meaningfully with others in our personal and professional lives. Here, Susan Chapman, a psychotherapist and long-time Buddhist practitioner, ex ...more
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Published April 10th 2012 by Shambhala
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Review to come. I thought this was a very useful examination of using mindfulness practices to have deeper understanding and resonance among our conversations with other people. The author advocates a "we-first" approach to interpersonal communication practices, rather than what the author calls a "me-first" approach that's dominant in our society. There's quite a bit of useful information to take from this work, so I hope I can expound upon it in my upcoming review.
Jones Patrick
The essential thought of this book is that if a man lives from a "we-first" point of view instead of a "me-first" perspective, both that individual and those that he or she come into contact with will have the advantage.

As indicated by Chapman, the best approach to mindful communication is the thing that she calls the 'five key components,' which are silence, mirroring, encouraging, discerning, and responding. These abilities empower us to listen all the more deeply, to ourselves and to others.

Morgan Blackledge
I love to write ridiculously long Goodreads reviews. But I'm guessing most people don't love to read them. So here's my nutshell summary of the book.

The keys to Mindful Communication are: be embodied, be present, be accepting, be kind, be encouraging, pause, listen deeply, speak your authentically warm, playful truth and just say YES to what emerges.

If that's enough than feel free to skip the rest.

But if you're thirsty for more, than by all means, slake thy thirst at the aforementioned font of
Michael Howarth
A helpful book in which Chapman takes the principles of mindfulness and applies them to relationships and communication. She employs a "red light, yellow light, green light" analogy for when communication is closed, in a middle state, or open. I found this analogy helpful at times and distracting at others. Her real-world examples are helpful, and the principles of mindfulness that she teaches are very helpful for increasing one's ability to "watch" their heart during interactions with others. I ...more
Clear and well written, this book starts from mindfulness to achieve the perfect listeners and talkers, this is the best way to strength your relationship. Nothing particularly new, we already have Nardone in Italy that is following that path, but it's always interesting reading something about mindfulness communication.

Chiaro e ben scritto, questo libro parte dalla mindfulness (consapevolezza) per farci diventare il migliore tra gli ascoltatori e i comunicatori, in modo da rafforzare le nostre
Melanie Guste, RSCJ
Sharpens ones communication skills and approaches the topic from the perspective of a Christian Buddhist practitioner.
Concise and full of real stories. A book I will learn from every time I pick it up! I had the opportunity to hear Susan speak at our local Shambhala center . Very memorable, a real treat.
Weegee Sachtjen
I liked it, or what I read of it. I think I just had too much going on at the moment and wasn't able to focus on the book or its concepts. I plan to one day jog back and pick it back up.
Very good book with excellent advice for effective communication. Not exactly new information for me though, so it dragged at times.
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