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Apr
22

james baldwin’s wisdom

Beneath our ‘frozen’ ideologies (Red Light) is vulnerability and struggle (the Yellow Light). “I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.” ― James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time 0

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Jan
01

Happy 2018

We at Green Zone Institute wish you a Peaceful, Heartful, Wakeful, Mindful 2018. 0

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Dec
20

Sakyong Mipham on Listening with Compassion

Buddhist teacher and author, Sakyong Mipham on listening with compassion. Sakyong Mipham is the author of The Lost Art of Good Conversation (2017).   0

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Dec
09

“For a moment we became one person”

Naomi Feil, founder of Validation Therapy, describes a simple moment of attunement with Alzheimer’s patient Gladys Wilson. The Keys of Mindful Presence and Mindful Listening allow for moments of magic like this to arise naturally. 0

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Dec
06

Verbal Jiu Jitsu for Tough Guys

A senior martial arts teacher in krav maga, Ron Engleman explains the ultimate self defense: “verbal jiu jitsu.” 0

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Dec
04

Pema Chödrön – This Lousy World

A short clip of Susan Gillis Chapman’s mentor Pema Chödron, presenting the traditional Buddhist analogy of how to work properly with the mind around frustration and irritation. 0

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Nov
04

Green Zone Institute: Spreading Peace in a Challenging World

In 2017, Green Zone Institute’s leaders taught Susan Gillis Chapman’s Mindful Communication (Mindful Heart) approach around the world. From the Ukraine to Japan, from Holland to Colorado, from Poland to Austria — and soon to the US capital of Washington D.C. — wherever it goes, this simple-yet-strong, practical-yet-deep method uncovers peace, connection, curiosity and intelligence as the natural human […]

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Oct
18

A Buddhist Teacher on The Lost Art of Good Conversation

Susan Gillis Chapman, author and Guiding Teacher for Green Zone Institute, has been asked to be a part of Buddhist teacher Sakyong Mipham’s rollout for The Lost Art of Good Conversation: A Mindful Way to Connect with Others and Enrich Everyday Life. Sakyong Mipham has also recommended Chapman’s The Five Keys to Mindful Communication as one of 7 […]

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Oct
04

Hold Your Tongue and Offer Your Heart Instead

When someone is in the “Yellow Light” state of anxiety and fear, there are ways to help — none of which involve offering complex advice. Instead, we can understand what is really needed. Warmth. Listening. Echoing back that we hear what someone is telling us. And that we recognize their inherent human goodness. Helping can […]

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Aug
04

The Roots of War (Thich Naht Hanh)

What are the roots of negativity? Can we get ahead of that process and release these tendencies before they take us over? One of the world’s greatest mindfulness masters says that we can. “We are always trying to fill our void with something. Some people even do social or political work this way. But doing […]

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