The longevity of the words ‘I’ and ‘Thou’

Published by Greg Heffron on

Those that have taken our workshops have heard Susan Chapman speak about Martin Buber’s view of “I and Thou.” This view indicates that our conversation partners can be held in their full humanity (Thou, or “we-first”), rather than becoming an ‘It,’ which we only want to utilize to achieve our own aims. Interestingly, research has recently shown that these two words (“I” and “Thou”) have stayed relatively unchanged in root Indo European languages over 15,000 years. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/national/words-that-last/

 


Greg Heffron

Greg Heffron

Greg Heffron directs Green Zone Institute. He was the first certified teacher of Mindful Communication authorized by Susan Gillis Chapman. He has been teaching Mindful Communication workshops since 2009, and has been a mindfulness meditation teacher since 2005. In 2005, he apprenticed with senior Mudra Space Awareness teacher Craig Smith, and became authorized to teach this unique mind-body meditation technique — included in nearly every workshop. In 2007, Greg co-taught with Smith to fourth year students in the Dance Division at the Julliard School in New York. Greg has taught Mindful Communication and Mudra Space Awareness workshops in Holland, France, Belgium, Poland, Ukraine and across North America. In 2003 Greg graduated with an MFA in Nonfiction Creative Writing from the University of Iowa. He coaches individuals, teaches workshops, and consults with businesses and organizations like Shambhala Mountain Center, Dechen Choling Buddhist Retreat Center and others.