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The Art of Communicating

Key insights from Thich Nhat Hanh's

The Art of Communicating

Key insights from Thich Nhat Hanh's

The Art of Communicating

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Communicating with friends, loved ones, colleagues, and community is an art that must be learned and practiced.

Technology allows us to communicate with others through emails, texts, Skype, FaceTime, and Instagram. How could we ever feel lonely when we appear so connected? But in spite of (or perhaps because of) all the digital conversations we have with each other, our core loneliness remains, leaving us more disconnected than ever. It’s time to master mindful communication by listening deeply and speaking lovingly. In doing this, we can become more compassionate and connected with those around us.

Read this Snapshot if you:

  • Care about having more meaningful and effective conversations
  • Aren’t a good listener
  • Want to navigate the ups and downs of a long-term relationship
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Authentic communication through technology is possible, but it requires that you practice the same kind of mindful preparation and processes that make face-to-face conversations meaningful.

It begins with mindful breathing and attention to the conversations inside yourself. Once you master this, you’re capable of communicating with and understanding others. Your capacity to listen deeply and speak lovingly will grow, fostering compassion and reducing suffering in you and others.

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