Five Keys (wk2) – The Red, Yellow & Green of Welcoming

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Open (Green)

Positive Interruptions — a leaf falling on our head, the taste of our coffee/tea, the smell of a flowering bush, the smile of a toddler, a powerful passage in a book, etc — “pop our me-bubble,” reminding us that our experience is fundamentally interconnected with the world around us.

Closed (Red)

Depression, Isolation ( ignoring ‘we’) — fresh experience is “unwelcome.” Instead, we prefer to cocoon into familiar patterns, entertainment and distractions. Whatever doesn’t allow us to reinforce our closed state is shut out (ignored/denied).

In Between (Yellow)

“I fear I’m invisible, unwelcome” – our fears that we are unwelcome take on the “catastrophic” quality that we are not just unwelcome in one circumstance, but are somehow fundamentally unwelcome in the universe, and that this is somehow our fault. Our confidence in our experience lessens and


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.