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Oct
03

Susan’s Gillis Chapman on “An Organic Conversation”

Click here to listen The topic is  listening as love.  To me, this is the magic of mindful communication. Here’s a simple formula for this:  Stop – Look –   Listen. STOP:  The first stage of mindful listening is to work with our speed and distraction.  We need to simply stop, let go, make space.  We spend our […]

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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
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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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
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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Jan
03

New Year’s Intention: A Mindful Heart

   2013 dawned in Vancouver as a foggy morning that gradually dissolved into brilliant sunshine.  After weeks of rain,  people were smiling,  practically dancing in the streets.  I remembered a poem that friend gave me, the image of a mountain enshrouded in mist that slowly becomes clearer as the sun penetrates.  It was about arousing […]

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Dec
18

Letter to the Killer’s Mother

Dear Nancy, By now the whole world knows who you are, and maybe there are some, like me, who lie awake at night wondering how it was for you, those last few moments.  Or perhaps it had been hours, days, weeks.  You are–were– a single mother with an unusual child, a brilliant boy– but different.  […]

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Summer’s Tail

A sharpness is on the Summer’s tail, The healing breeze of Summer yields To the bitter wind of Wintertime. If this was a signal to you, bird, Then you would know the seasons not Themselves, but as a turning wheel*.   The night before last, getting off my bicycle after an evening ride around the […]

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Wisdom of Not Knowing

” He who knows nothing is nearer the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.” Thomas Jefferson When I came across this quotation my first thought was: ” how do I know which one is me? ”  When my mind is filled with falsehoods and error I’m usually the last to […]

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Preventing Relationship Heart Attacks

Mindful conversation is naturally ‘we-first’, which means that the relationship between speaker and listener is valued. Whether we agree or disagree, it still matters that our listener can hear what we have to say.  And, when we’re listening, we try to understand what the speaker is trying to convey. This instinct to communicate with each […]

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