Peter Gibb

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Mindful Conversation and the D.C. Riots

Mindful Conversation and the D.C. Riots

What does Mindful Conversation have to do with the D.C. riots? The D.C. riots threatened two of our most cherished values: democracy and decency. D & D, for most of us, are sacred beyond question. So how should we respond? How can we heal? By "we," I mean you and...

What kind of listener are you?

What kind of listener are you?

photo credit: pixabay.com What kind of listener are you? According to the results of a survey I've been conducting, about 75% of people consider themselves "above average listeners." According to my actual field research, about 75% of us are abysmal listeners....

What Makes a Conversation Great?

What Makes a Conversation Great?

photo credit: pixabay.com A Failed Conversation Conversation is a master life skill. Yet most of us give it little thought. We blunder along, thinking we are good at it, but my research does not support this conclusion. (My research consists primarily in situating...

What blocks the way to Mindful Conversation?

What blocks the way to Mindful Conversation?

I've been away from the blog for a bit. Painful back problems and very busy, but I've returned, much better, and glad to be here. In a recent class I taught on Mindful Conversation, we discussed what blocks one from listening and speaking in a more mindful way in...

Holiday Conversation

Holiday Conversation

photo credit; pixabay.com Thinking About Holiday Conversation The family gathers. Okay,maybe, Aunt Tilly doesn't show. Friends gather. Okay, at the last minute , Frank calls to say he's bringing his girl friend, Mabel, but that's fine, because she can take Tilly's...

Mindful Conversation. The Power of Still

Mindful Conversation. The Power of Still

The Power of Still So many conversations feel so rushed, comments crammed together like stuff piled into a closet. Rarely is there a moment's pause to take in - I mean really take it in, as in savor it - what anyone has said. The rule is "speak fast or forever hold...

A Deeply Satisfying Conversation

A Deeply Satisfying Conversation

A Dinner to remember I had the most delicious, three-hour dinner this week with my great friend, L.  The food was fine, but when I say "delicious," I'm thinking about the conversation. Afterwards, I went home, sank into my favorite chair, closed my eyes, replayed the...

The Conversation at the Capital

The Conversation at the Capital

The Senate Judiciary Committee This Week I had intended to listen for just a few minutes, but once I turned on the Senate  hearings, there was no turning it off. The testimony of Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh was riveting. Ugly. Passionate. Sincere....

Impact of Mindful Conversation

Impact of Mindful Conversation

Mindful Conversation In recent weeks, I've had several people speak to me about the shifting quality of my conversation. Our son, who had been visiting with his family, in a passing comment at the top of the stairs, said, "I love how you talk with people." I said,...

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