COM 59 — Mindful Communication: The Power of Relational Practice for Awareness and Compassion
Drawing on the Insight Dialogue work of Gregory Kramer, a meditation teacher since 1980, we’ll explore six mutually supportive mindful communication themes: pause, relax, open, trust, listen deeply, and speak the truth. In particular, students will learn to release old habits of speech and listening, embrace the power of silence, notice arenas of vulnerability and confidence, find words that carry meaning more precisely, and turn the stress of relating into an avenue for personal growth. The course will combine the elements of play and interpersonal engagement and is appropriate for those beginning or continuing their own mindfulness practice.
This course approaches concepts introduced in the instructor’s other courses, COM 63: “The Right to Speak: Finding and Freeing Your Natural Voice” and PDV 103: “Playful Mindfulness: A Journey to Everyday Confidence, Calm, and Connection.” While these courses build upon one another, each course can be taken independently as well.
Ted DesMaisons has studied, performed, and taught improvisation internationally, is a trained mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) instructor, and has studied with British acting, voice, and presence coach Patsy Rodenburg. He cohosts Monster Baby, a podcast on improvisation and mindfulness, and he is the author of Playful Mindfulness. He received an MBA from Stanford and an MTh from Harvard.
Founder and Principal, ANIMA Learning
Textbooks for this course:
(Recommended) Ted DesMaisons, Playful Mindfulness: a joyful journey to everyday confidence, calm, and connection (ISBN 978-1950373000)