We all carry with us the profound pain of disconnection. This affects our sense of wellbeing, as well as our work lives, our family lives, our romantic lives, friendships and more. Even beyond the dramas that drag us down, we carry with us the fear that such things could happen in any relationship at any time. This can make us hesitant to even be ourselves with others, for fear that our true self will never be understood, held, or loved.
But this is not the whole story. The teachings of Mindful Communication offer us a way forward in our lives that is workable, realistic, kind, effective and intelligent.
After the course
You’ll have more ability to meet moments of disconnection, and establish reconnection when possible. You’ll also be better at preventing disconnection before it happens. You’ll be less reactive to unexpected and challenging situations, and will become more skilled at tracking what happens in conversations in real time. And when things just don’t come together, you’ll learn how and when to care for yourself with confidence that you’re doing the best thing possible.
Class 1: Intro Session: Why are we here?
How connection breaks, and what is the path that can take us from heartbroken (upset) to heart-full.
Class 2: Connecting with Ourselves
Uncovering our Natural Communication System that lives inside our direct human experience.
Class 3: Connecting with Others, Part 1
Longing to connect is part of our deepest human nature. When we shut down, we dis-attune. When we open up, we re-attune.
Class 4: Connecting with Others, Part 2
Looking at three fundamental states of connection that make or break our connections with others: Open, Closed, and In-Between.
Class 5: Connecting with Others, Part 3
Yes, fine, but what if there’s really serious damage in a relationship? (Remorse, repair, and rebuilding)
Class 6: Putting It All Together
Taking this out into the Big Wild World. And how to keep up our focus and motivation.
Gregory Heffron MFA
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. He coaches individuals, teaches workshops, and consults with businesses and organizations like Shambhala Mountain Center, Dechen Choling Buddhist Retreat Center and others.
Mindful Communication Teacher
Chris Trani is an independent coach, consultant and facilitator who helps people build competence and confidence to have conversations they assess as complex, difficult – or even impossible.
Drawing on over 30 years of experience, Chris leverages her background as an oncology nurse, a manager, a counselor, a management/leadership development consultant, a corporate leadership and communication coach and, a mindfulness facilitator to bring a breadth of experience to her clients.
Today Chris offers a wide range of customized programs and services aimed at building conversational competence.