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Mindful Communication


Oren Jay Sofer, Dan Harris




How to speak, listen, and communicate more mindfully. Learn how to improve relationships and resolve conflict.


I've been meditating for about two and a half years now. I don't consider myself super advanced, but I've made progress. My wife would jokingly tell you that I still say dumb things all the time. For instance, recently, I got up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. As I returned to bed, I heard a baby crying and told my wife, "The baby's crying," before falling back asleep. Why do we often misinterpret things like this?

Most of us don't realize that we all undergo communication training throughout our lives, even if it's unconscious and unintentional. We absorb communication patterns from our families, cultures, and societies, including some maladaptive ones that we then act out unknowingly. Many may wonder how meditation can improve communication, as it involves silent introspection. However, communication is more than just talking; it encompasses thoughts, emotions, conditioning, and personality.

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