Mindfulness in Communication

What is mindful communication?

Two heads of people with mechanisms, communication, gear

Mindful communication happens when you are truly present in this moment with curiosity, kindness, and compassion. You listen with an open, nonjudgmental heart to the other person. Before you speak, you ask yourself is it useful, true, beneficial, and timely.

At work, mindful communication can help you think on your feet, seek out information in a collaborative manner, help you resolve conflict in ways that helps all parties be heard, and encourage transparency about processes.  All of these things will improve relationships and enhance productivity.

You can practice pausing before you speak. Take one deep full breath and consider what is about to come out of your mouth before you say anything. Notice what it feels like to not say something that you realize would be hurtful in some way.

Practicing mindful communication is quite challenging because there are so many ways we fall prey to our conditioned way of speech.  As a start, try listening more and talking less.

Source: https://www.umsystem.edu/newscentral/mindfuleating/2015/10/19/talk-and-listen-with-mindfulness/

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