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Mindful Communication: A Wise Speech Retreat

In this retreat, we connect mindfulness and lovingkindness practice, the Buddha's teachings on Right Speech, relational awareness practices, and Nonviolent Communication).
2018-04-23 (6 days) Sacred Stream Center

  
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2018-04-23 Wise Speech and the Path of Awakening 55:29
  Donald Rothberg
We explore (1) the importance of speech practice, (2) the place of speech practice in traditional and contemporary paths of awakening, (3) the central resource from the teachings of the Buddha on speech practice--the four core ethical guidelines, and (4) some ways to implement these guidelines and connect them with other practices.
2018-04-23 Introduction to Metta Practice 35:40
  Oren Jay Sofer
A brief overview of the practice of loving-kindness, in particular as it relates to speech and interactive practice. Includes guidance and instructions.
2018-04-24 Guided Meditation: Relaxed & Curious Body Scan 35:23
  Oren Jay Sofer
A simple body scan, with emphasis on approaching the practice with a relaxed, curious and friendly attitude.
2018-04-24 Overview of Mindful Communication & Presence 34:11
  Oren Jay Sofer
A brief overview of the practice of Mindful Communication, with a focus on the first foundation of training in presence.
2018-04-24 Transforming Intention in Spiritual Practice and Relationship 36:02
  Oren Jay Sofer
Reflections on the importance of intention in spiritual practice and in speech, with an emphasis on the Brahma Viharas
2018-04-25 Morning instructions #3 - Feeling Tone / Vedana 37:32
  Donald Rothberg
2018-04-25 Introduction to Nonviolent Communication: Core Views 39:56
  Oren Jay Sofer
An introduction to the core view of "human needs or values" in NVC.
2018-04-25 Practicing with Thoughts and Emotions in the Context of Speech Practice 67:50
  Donald Rothberg
We examine the importance of practicing skillfully with thoughts and emotions as one of the foundations of mindful communication, pointing to several ways of working with thoughts and emotions, with a guided meditation using the "RAIN" method (recognize, accept, develop interest and inquire, and "non-identify" with what is occurring).
2018-04-25 Metta for Other, Metta for Self 20:42
  Oren Jay Sofer
A brief guided meditation offering metta for a good friend or benefactor, as well as for oneself.
2018-04-26 Guided Metta: Those We Overlook 24:46
  Oren Jay Sofer
A brief guided meditation on cultivating good will towards a "neutral" person or stranger.
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