Thursday, January 24, 2013

Conscious Communication and Meditation

[Post by Cliff Harvey]

What is 'conscious communication'?

We all know how to communicate, but few of us really know how to communicate effectively.
As children we learn the method of communication (words, language) but not the ‘style’ of effective communication.
Over the course of our lives we become conditioned by our environment and what we see and hear around us, and predicate our actions (which include our speech) on the beliefs we develop as a result of this conditioning.
Because of this, our actions, speech and overall communication become very reactive. These reactive patterns may be based on insecurities, issues of self-worth, grief, loss and disempowerment and where this is the case, the way we react will not help us to move closer to our highest goals and achieve the life we want to be living.
Conscious communication skills allow us to create more harmonious relationships with those around us by becoming a responsive and compassionate communicator, intstead of a 'reactor'.

What is 'mindfulness meditation'?

Mindfulness is seeing things for what they are. It is being open to what is going on around you, without attachment and without ‘reaction’, moment to breaking moment. It is developing the ‘watcher’ or the ‘observer’ within.
Developing mindfulness is essential to maximise our enjoyment and appreciation of time. If we are not fully in each breaking moment, how can we hope to enjoy it?
It is also essential for realising what is important for our deepest happiness and, on the other hand, what we are doing or trying to possess merely to boost our ego.
Developing mindfulness can be very basic. Meditation has been used for centuries to develop mindfulness. Many eastern (and also western) religions and many schools of philosophy and psychology include mindfulness in some form as either a fundamental goal or tenet.

Conscious Communication and Meditation Classes by Donation

I will be hosting weekly classes focusing the highly effective 'conscious communication' techniques that I teach in my popular 'Conscious Communication' workshops along with the mindfulness meditations that I have used for the last 20 years and that I discuss in Choosing You and Time Rich Cash Optional.
An optional mind-body-spirit discussion will follow the class. 

What's the investment?
Cost - By donation. 

Wednesday, 6 February 2013                      19:00 until 20:30
Ascension Health
7 Ascension Place, Rosedale, Auckland

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