Join us for our next Mindful Decision Making session.
Note: We’re co-sponsoring this session with Creative Transitions Inc.
Are you facing decisions related to change in your work life? Maybe you aren’t sure how to start or what direction to move in.
If your mind is going round and round, then slowing down, taking a pause, and listening deeply allows inner wisdom to emerge. Bringing this type of presence to yourself is a form of self compassion. When others listen to you in this spacious way, it can be life changing.
Date: Tuesday, July 23rd at 7:00 to 8:00 pm ET.
Location: Sessions will be held virtually on Zoom. They are accessible any where in the US.
Cost: Donations are welcome.
Program Description:The hour will start with an introduction to mindfulness and deep listening. This will include a short mindfulness practice you can use at any time throughout your day. After this introduction, there will be time for one or more participants to present a decision they’re grappling with and to practice listening deeply to their own inner knowing. Others in the group will offer their observations.
Program purpose: Mindfulness is the capacity to be aware of what is happening in the present moment with a quality of attention that is curious, open and accepting.
These sessions are about mindful listening and practicing the principles underlying a mindfulness practice which include beginners mind, trust, acceptance, letting be, patience, non-striving and non-judgment.
When we listen deeply to ourselves and to each other, we create an open, spacious awareness that can be deeply nourishing and informative. Here is how Parker Palmer describes such a “circle of trust” in his book A Hidden Wholeness:
Convinced that people lack inner guidance and wishing to “help” them, we feel obligated to tell others what we think they need to know… But we can learn a more creative way to be present to each other…
A circle of trust has no agenda except to help people learn to listen to their own inner wisdom and discern their own truth. Its purpose is not to help people recommit to a particular role or even become better at it, though one or both may happen…Its singular purpose is to support the inner journey of each person in the group, to help each person listen to his or her inner teacher.
“Most people don’t know how to listen because the major part of listening is taken up by thinking. They pay more attention to that than what the other person is saying, and none at all to what really matters: the Being of the other person underneath the words and the mind. Really listening to another is one of the most precious gifts we can give another.” The Power of Now,
Mindful listening is not about dialogue, discussion or debate. It’s about hearing the deepest concerns, wishes, or yearnings of another person.
When listening to another person, don’t just listen with your mind, listen with your whole body. Feel the energy field of your inner body as you listen. That takes attention away from thinking and creates a still space that enables you to truly listen without the mind interfering. You are giving the other person space – space to be. It is the most precious gift you can give another. Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now
- Tune into your own body sensations.
- Tune into what the speaker wants, values, yearns for, or needs on a deep level.
- See if you can bring a sense of curiosity and compassion without an agenda.
- Connect with the speaker’s humanity.
- Honor and appreciate the fact you’re getting a window into how another person experiences the world
This session is for mindful listening. It is not the time for analysis, judgment, problem solving, agreeing, disagreeing, or giving advice.