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, “The Right to Speak: Finding and Freeing Your Natural Voice” (COM 63) and “Playful Mindfulness” (PDV 103). While these courses build upon one another, each course can be taken independently as well.