mindful communication

Oct
01

The history of the Polar Bear and the Dog

Many of you have heard Susan tell the story of the polar bear and the dog — how a hungry polar bear let go of eating a dog staked to the arctic ice when the dog started wagging his tail and playing, breaking the predator/prey cycle through remaining open. Click here for some fascinating background […]

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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
31

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 […]

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Oct
20

Make twice as much money by being kinder?

This short clip is about a debt collection company whose business strategy is to be kind to those in debt. Who knew they could beat their competitors through a “we-first” approach? 0

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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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Oct
19

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 […]

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Oct
04

A Green Zone at School in Japan

“We come to school to be happy, so let’s all be happy together!” This is the vow made by Grade Four, Class One and their teacher Kanamori. Each day, three children read letters to their classmates, talking honestly about their feelings for each other and events in their lives. The class searches together for ways […]

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Oct
01

Mindfulness and Psychiatry: The Next Fad or a New Revolution?

By Elana Miller, MD, Psychiatrist and writer at Zen Psychiatry “As a psychiatry resident with both a personal interest in meditation and a professional interest in integrating Eastern mindfulness practices into Western psychiatry, I like to keep up with the latest research on the subject. And I can’t help but notice how trendy the topic has […]

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