The Power Of Gentle Speech
After a mindfulness meditation retreat this past weekend, it is horrifying to hear the news about the Arizona shootings. This morning, commentators are discussing the negative power of toxic communication, the political rhetoric that crosses the line from disagreement to hatred. ” We can disagree and remain kind and respectful of each other, ” one congressman said. Yes we can!
In our Chemistry of Emotions workshop we explore the four stages of heartless speech: complaint, divisiveness, blame and retaliation. We interrupt this progression when we replace these steps with patience, connection, deep listening and forgiveness. Let’s find one person in our life we can share this with today, and dedicate our efforts to all the victims of hatred, near and far.