Malala Yousafzai: speaking truth neither exaggerating nor suppressing (VIDEO)

In her historic speech to the United Nations, 16 year old Malala Yousafzai demonstrates a perfect example of the mindful communication principle of “speaking truth, neither exaggerating nor suppressing.” Her words reveal that true power comes from reflecting our human experience as it actually is. If Malala cried for vengeance or focused simply on her own personal […]

On not throwing fuel on a fire

One of the greatest strengths of Mindful Communication is almost impossible to notice. It’s invisible. Silent. Effective. And it comes when things get really difficult. It’s the power of “Stopping when the Light is Red.” This means one deceptively simple thing: not throwing fuel on a burning fire. Mindfulness Means Remembering to Notice What is […]

CNN – Susan Chapman on Tech Addiction

Susan Chapman’s approach to mindful communication showed up recently on CNN’s website, in an article on Tech Addiction by Amanda Enayati: When someone’s tech addiction causes you stress “….Communication is the essence of human relationships, says Susan Gillis Chapman, author of the book The Five Keys to Mindful Communication. “She uses the metaphor of changing […]

World Champion Kickboxer Shows that the Green Light is Stronger than a Kick

This is a great example of what we teach in our Power of Peacemaking programs — that true power doesn’t need to be fully unleashed to be effective. When one’s confidence goes beyond the idea of a threat, one can use that confidence — and the intelligence that goes with it — to defuse an […]

Power Down and Tune In to Solitude with Pema Chodron

In this clip, the American Buddhist nun and author Pema Chödrön talks to Bill Moyers about the value of not only powering down our electronic devices but also quieting the racing mind. “You quickly learn that distractions are not just phone calls and emails. Our own mind and our longings, our cravings and our fantasies are also […]

Susan Chapman: “Building a Green Zone Culture: Cooking Me into We”

This summer I performed two wedding ceremonies.  Both couples were obviously in love and expressed their vows to each other with deep, tearful authenticity, witnessed by family and friends. My husband was there to give me a hand. He and I are celebrating our 25th anniversary this year, still in love. None of the weddings […]

Mindful Doctors Get Better Reviews from Patients

By Chris Kaiser, Cardiology Editor, MedPage Today “Clinicians who focused on mindfulness improved their well-being and were viewed more favorably by patients, two studies showed. In one study, clinicians who had the highest self-rated scores for mindfulness were more likely to be patient-centered in their communications, more positive in their emotional tone with patients, and more likely […]