contemplative psychology

Oct
01

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 […]

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Dec
13

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 […]

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Nov
08

“Forget Survival of the Fittest: It Is Kindness That Counts” (Scientific American)

A psychologist probes how altruism, Darwinism and neurobiology mean that we can succeed by not being cutthroat. An interview of Dacher Keltner, director of the Berkeley Social Interaction Laboratory by David DiSalvo.   Dacher Keltner, director of the Berkeley Social Interaction Laboratory, investigates these questions from multiple angles, and often generates results that are both surprising and challenging. In his new […]

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Oct
19

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 […]

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Sep
01

The Problem with Cultivating Distractions

In The Five Keys To Mindful Communication, I write about the ‘positive interruptions’ that come from learning to pay attention to the messages from our environment, from our felt experiences and from the wonder of not knowing what will happen next. This story from the New Work Times is the opposite, how we interrupt the […]

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Aug
31

Why do we Open and how do we Close?

This interview with teacher Greg Heffron from winter 2013 talks about the natural way we open to communication, and how we end up shutting down.  0

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Aug
22

A ‘We-first’ Approach that Prevented a Mass School Shooting

“…Tuesday’s gunman incident at an elementary school near Atlanta ended with no injuries or deaths. This is mainly thanks to Antoinette Tuff, a school clerk who spent about an hour calmly persuading the gunman to put his rifle down and surrender.” This is an extraordinary example of a real human being who simply leaned into […]

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Aug
10

“The Five Keys of Mindful Communication” published in German

Susan Chapman’s The Five Keys to Mindful Communication has finally been translated into German. Please pass word along to German speakers you know!   Susan Chapman ist Die fünf Schlüssel zur achtsamen Kommunikation endlich ins Deutsche übersetzt worden. Bitte leiten Sie entlang zu Wort Deutsch sprechen Sie wissen! 0

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Jul
05

Exercise: Wake Up Moments

ALARM CLOCK EXERCISE Using a journal or in dialogue with a friend, talk about your own examples of “magic moments,” of shifting abruptly from a closed to an open mind.  Examples: • Being interrupted by the environment or a sense perception • Being awakened by a flash of empathy when you are angry • Discovering […]

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Jun
15

Selection from “The Five Keys”: the No Trespassing Sign

 From page 122 of The Five Keys to Mindful Communication: “To transform the roots of aggression—fear and self-doubt—we need to know the difference between the primary, green-light emotion of sadness, and the secondary, red-light emotions created by the racing thoughts and stories of an angry mind. In between, the fear-based vulnerable feelings of the yellow […]

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