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...
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...
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...
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...