mindfulness

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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Oct
31

Mindfulness Practice Without Goal Orientation

“You may be motivated by your conviction and faith, but meditation is not at all goal oriented. You may be somewhat goal oriented, but your concept and understanding of the goal is uncertain. The fact that you have no idea what is going to happen, no real idea about the goal, seems to be the […]

By Greg Heffron | mindfulness . spirituality
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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
06

Before and After a 30-day Mindfulness Retreat

These before-and-after photos of participants on a 30-day retreat at Shambhala Mountain Center speak to the subtle yet powerful quality of having practiced mindfulness meditation thoroughly. While a 30-day retreat is not for everyone, those that have done it know that deeper and deeper layers of emotion and sensation are revealed and “made friends with” […]

By Greg Heffron | mindfulness . spirituality
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Oct
02

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 […]

By Greg Heffron | communication . mindfulness . workplace
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Sep
29

Mindfulness: When Focus Means Single-Tasking

by Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence “Alexander Graham Bell, noting how the sun’s rays ignite paper only when focused in one place, advised, “Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand.” Yet ordinarily our attention wanders, a sitting duck for whatever distraction comes our way – especially when our email inbox alone offers constant distractions that […]

By Greg Heffron | mindfulness . workplace
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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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