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Body Wisdom: Reacquainting


Sometimes, we lose the mind-body connection. Maybe you are just too busy, either with necessary or unimportant activity. Maybe you feel distracted. Or sometimes the disconnection is our mind's technique for coping with trauma. Whatever the cause of our detachment from body awareness, in that state we miss out on the inherent wisdom of the… Continue reading Body Wisdom: Reacquainting

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Hospitality


You don’t have to love or forgive or feel compassion to extend hospitality. But it’s more than an invitation. It is the creation of a safe, inviting, trustworthy space — an atmosphere as much as a place. ~ Krista Tippet, Civil Conversation Project In her Civil Conversation Project, Krista Tippet posits that hospitality is the "bridge… Continue reading Hospitality

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Patience


A long, patient view of time will replenish our sense of our capacities and our hope for the world. ~ Krista Tippet, Civil Conversation Project In eastern philosophy, patience ("khanti" is Pali) is one of the ten "paramis" (Pali for "perfections" or "that which has gone beyond").  According to Gil Fronsdal, lead teacher at Insight… Continue reading Patience

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Humility


There is a deep connection between intellectual humility and meaningful public discourse -- indeed ... such discourse is intellectually humble by nature. And yet at the same time, there are fundamental challenges to the very possibility of such rational dialogue, challenges that have yet to be overcome. ~ Michael Lynch, et al. ~~~ As I… Continue reading Humility

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Generous Listening


Listening is more than being quiet while others have their say.  ~ Krista Tippet Listening skills are perhaps the most essential aspect of successful communication. In her Civil Conversation Project, Krista Tippet highlights that importance, but also challenges us to take our conscious listening a step further.  "Real listening is powered by curiosity... The generous listener… Continue reading Generous Listening

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Words that Matter


Speak or act with a pure mind And happiness will follow you As your shadow, unshakable. ~ Buddha (Dhammapada) In her Civil Conversation Project, Krista Tippet says, "We are starved for fresh language to approach each other.  We need what Elizabeth Alexander calls 'words that shimmer' -- words with power that convey real  truth, which… Continue reading Words that Matter