“Meet all beings with a gentle expression.”
~Zen Master Dogen
We would all like to enrich our communications, but in particular, most of us seek greater skill in dealing with those difficult, unsatisfactory dialogues in our lives. You know these situations: there isn’t a meeting of the minds, and one or both parties leave the encounter feeling compromised, unresolved, or even angry. If left unresolved, these situations fester and can unnecessarily damage a relationship.
Using mindfulness, compassion and wisdom, we can heal those difficult communications and move toward a more satisfying relationship. In this workshop we will learn and practice the process of 'ATTUNE', specifically with respect to difficult relations. ATTUNE includes the following steps:
1. Aspire– being aware of my aspiration for this difficult relationship
2. TurnToward – becoming present to what is happening in the moment instead of becoming lost in the voices in my head - my stories and beliefs - particularly when irritation and other afflictive emotions are arising
3. Understand - gaining deeper understanding of both this person who I sometimes consider to be the cause of my difficulties AND myself
4. Nourish – listening deeply in a way that helps the other to feel truly heard and valued
5. Express – using language that is honest, appropriate, coming from a place of goodwill, and with an intention to benefit both of us.
The workshop will include meditations, instruction, and practice opportunities through interactive exercises.
The workshop will be held online via Zoom from 9:00 am to 1 pm on Saturday, May 30. The cost is $40, with a reduced rate available for those needing financial support. If you have questions, please email us at email@example.com.
Workshop LeaderAngie Parrish has been a student of Buddhism and mindfulness for over 20 years. After a 1999 retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh, she became a student of Fred Eppsteiner's and a member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness. Angie brought the fruits of her experience in mindfulness and meditation into her professional career as an employee benefits consultant for a wide variety of organizations, including many employee training programs. She teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and is a frequent teacher of mindful living classes.