news & articles Aug 21 Thich Naht Hanh – “Don’t Blame the Lettuce” Mindfulness goes beyond simplistic blame and focuses on real Aug 21 Humanity’s Greatest Fear “…protecting our vulnerability is critical when fear takes over. Aug 21 How Wakeful People Make Friends “We once knew how to open up. Far from Aug 01 Ursula le Guin on Synchronizing Communication “Every act of communication is an act of tremendous Jul 30 The Green Zone of Going on Retreat Going on a retreat is one of the best Jul 20 Meditation in Total Darkness How Buddhist meditation kept the Thai boys calm in Jul 15 Finding Solutions to Impossible Problems How can we become big enough thinkers/feelers to find Jul 15 Studying Mindful Communication in Ukraine Green Zone Institute recently receive this message from our Jul 03 Greg Heffron – Facebook Live – “When Communication Breaks Down” This is a short intro talk given live for Jun 27 Actor Jeremy Irons on Zen Practice Jun 20 Meditation and Gardening in a Prison Cultivating natural openness, inside and out. Jun 12 Being Someone’s Eyes What is the effect of inviting everyone into a Jun 11 European Programs – Fall 2018 Greg Heffron will lead a number of retreats in Jun 11 go easy we often feel we have little power. but we Jun 11 thicht nhat hanh on how to hold anger Jun 08 Born without hands and knees Sinikwe describes her process of learning to love herself, Jun 02 (Guest Blog) Mindful Communication: “We-First” versus “Me-First” Written by Esther Hasselman, heartfulnesstraining.nu, april 2018 om het Jun 01 making space for grief Can we provide ourselves and others an openhearted space May 30 offering help is unconditional Helping others to connect with themselves, powerful and deeply, May 28 audrey hepburn on empathy Nothing is more important than empathy for another human May 24 How do you react to surprise? In watching the range of reactions, it’s clear that May 21 Our new Resource Page in Dutch For our dear friends in the Netherlands, we’ve built May 19 a “green zone” experience of death May 06 (VIDEO) The Model of the Three Lights At a weekend program in Davis, CA in 2018, May 05 advanced 8-month online training (late-Summer 2018) Green Zone Institute is proud to announce the upcoming May 05 an excerpt from “the mindful heart” (2018) “If mindful communication training could be reduced to one May 05 rev. angel kyodo williams “We have weaponized our awareness, our consciousness. We use May 05 if speaking kindly to plants… May 05 learning how to be The classic children’s book The Velveteen Rabbit, teaching us May 05 anxieties keep waking us up “Whether you are happy or sad, whether you are May 05 cognitive gains from meditation last for seven years, research shows “The initial study is based on the Shamatha Project, May 01 dan siegel: me + we = mwe Author and clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA Dan Apr 28 letting the mud settle Mindfulness means training in patience, which leads naturally to Apr 22 james baldwin’s wisdom Beneath our ‘frozen’ ideologies (Red Light) is vulnerability and Jan 01 Happy 2018 We at Green Zone Institute wish you a Peaceful, Dec 20 Sakyong Mipham on Listening with Compassion Buddhist teacher and author, Sakyong Mipham on listening with Dec 09 “For a moment we became one person” Naomi Feil, founder of Validation Therapy, describes a simple Dec 06 Verbal Jiu Jitsu for Tough Guys A senior martial arts teacher in krav maga, Ron Dec 04 Pema Chödrön – This Lousy World A short clip of Susan Gillis Chapman’s mentor Pema Nov 04 Green Zone Institute: Spreading Peace in a Challenging World In 2017, Green Zone Institute’s leaders taught Susan Gillis Chapman’s Oct 18 A Buddhist Teacher on The Lost Art of Good Conversation Susan Gillis Chapman, author and Guiding Teacher for Green Zone Oct 04 Hold Your Tongue and Offer Your Heart Instead When someone is in the “Yellow Light” state of Aug 04 The Roots of War (Thich Naht Hanh) What are the roots of negativity? Can we get Jul 04 The Meditation Cure (Wall Street Journal) “….And here is where an evolutionary perspective can be Jun 14 Countering Fear with Welcoming How can we heal the “Yellow Light” crisis of Jun 04 Controlling Rage with Mindfulness Michelin Star Chef Eric Ripert explains how ongoing mindfulness May 20 The Longest Study on Human Happiness The “Green Light” of Openness is how to build Apr 26 Deep Training at Shambhala Mountain Center In March 2017, Susan Chapman and Greg Heffron Mar 16 The Conversation that Saved the World What if I told you that one single conversation Mar 06 Greg Heffron: Positive Interruptions Help Us Rediscover Our Mindfulness In this short clip from a training in France, Mar 02 Are You Part of ‘The Distraction Economy?’ Do you want or need to be a player Mar 01 “We have to be fully present in our prayers. We have to be fully present with each other.” Global peace advocate and meditation ambassador Richard Reoch, writing Feb 27 Discovering the ‘We’ in We-First Danish director Asger Leth shows that humans are all different, Feb 23 Silence is Communication “The process of communication can be beautiful, if we Feb 20 Healing Self-Doubt Means Allowing Space and Nurturing Where “Mindful Presence” meets “Encouragement.” When others are filled with Feb 18 The Buddhist View of Awake Anger What does the Buddhist meditation tradition have to say Feb 15 When Awake Body meets Tender Heart Artistic expression happens when our innate Awake Body meets Feb 12 The Importance of Empathy in Everyday Life “Trying to understand other people’s experiences and perspectives is Feb 09 When is it Time for Mindful Presence? Jan 18 The Power of Peacemaking: Interrupting Aggression in Challenging Times Many of us today are paying close attention to the Jan 12 Man holding ‘You belong’ sign outside North Texas Islamic Center Generosity and welcoming difference are the human virtues that Jan 12 Vulnerability = Strength As Susan Piver says here, strength and vulnerability do Jan 12 Cowardice versus Bravery in Our Own Experience The New Yorker covers the topics of Cowardice (“the Jan 12 How Does a Neo-Nazi Lose his Hatred? What was the beginning of a dedicated White Supremacist Jan 12 Could You Befriend Your Enemy? Can we become stable enough, decent enough, brave enough Jan 12 Bill Murray: I’d Like to Just Be More Here All the Time We call this synchronizing the Natural Communication System: connecting Jan 12 Fleet Maull: Better Leadership Through Self-Empathy “A daily mindfulness practice can help us keep this Jan 12 Mindful Empathy or Mindless Heart? Susan Chapman explains the difference between intelligent Mindful Empathy Jan 12 Changes Comes From “Practice” Jan 12 Discovering What is Right Here What hidden talents have we overlooked? Direct perception (mindfulness) Jan 12 The Distraction Economy Do you want or need to be a player Dec 19 Teaching Mindful Communication at Krakow’s Institute of Psychology In late November 2016, author and Buddhist teacher Susan Dec 07 Training Staff at a Buddhist Retreat Center in France In 2015, Greg Heffron trained the staff at Dechen Choling Nov 16 Influencing our Relationships and Future Through Mindful Communication Greg Heffron’s interview on Meditation Freedom: “The easiest way to Aug 25 5-week Interactive Video Course – Oct 15, 2016 If you’ve studied the book and want to go Aug 25 Compassion is a Relationship of Equals The Green Light: being vulnerable ourselves, we understand directly Aug 23 “Playfulness” Creates Custom Hospital Gowns The fifth key to Mindful Communication is “Playfulness” (or Aug 18 NOT Telling Someone that They’re Shut Down Telling someone that they’re in the Red Light (of Aug 15 A TV Journalist Feels Sad To feel sadness — to deeply feel real sadness Aug 12 We Forget to Stay Mad When Something Interrupts We can’t choose to get ourselves out of our Aug 05 Loss is Real Green Light anger is possible, but rage is not Aug 04 Being Sent to the “Mindful Moment Room” “When a student is referred to the Mindful Moment Aug 03 Being Awake Means All the Way Until the End of Life Being Awake means that we’re in relationship with our Jul 30 The Psychology of Why Americans Are Afraid of Historically Low Crime Levels When we work to suppress the “Yellow Light” experience Jul 23 Deaf Percussionist Evelyn Glennie: “Using the Body as a Giant Ear” This deaf professional percussionist shows us that “Awake Body” Jul 13 Policing: the “Green Light” of Openness Protects Us Better By honoring the Green Light of innate human communication, Jul 03 Not Feeding the “Script” of Aggression Non-aggression is surprisingly powerful. Without someone to battle, an Jun 30 Mingyur Rinpoche – training your monkey mind This deceptively simple and profound instruction from a Tibetan Jun 13 President Carter: Real Leadship is Based upon the Inherent Goodness of Humanity “What is needed now more than ever that leadership Jun 12 5-Day Retreat with Susan Chapman and Greg Heffron (March 1-5, Colorado) Mindful Heart Communication: A Path to Warmth, Dignity, and Confidence May 16 Google’s Peter Weng – Mindfulness Reduces Bias and Heightens Inclusion Green Zone Institute’s Greg Heffron was delighted to attend May 07 How (Not) to Follow Your Bliss “Without mindfulness, advice like ‘Following Your Bliss’ can devolve Apr 26 Susan Chapman: The Meaning of Life and What Our Wisdom-Elders Know Nicolae Tanase: Susan, what is the meaning of life? Apr 26 James Baldwin – Beneath Hatred is Pain Beneath our Red Light shutdown is the Yellow Light Apr 26 Stanford’s Center for Compassion – Being Kind is Innate The Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Apr 26 Mentally Ill Gunman is Stopped — with Compassion In the era where many think armed gunmen can Apr 26 The Five Keys to Mindful Communication nominated for best spiritual book Feb 06 5-week Interactive Video Course – Apr 1, 2016 If you’ve studied the book and want to go Dec 21 The Five Keys #1 in nonfiction on Audible.com “The Five Keys to Mindful Communication” audio book is Oct 03 Susan’s Gillis Chapman on “An Organic Conversation” Click here to listen The topic is listening as love.