At the heart of an interpersonal relationship lies the communication between individuals, be it at work or elsewhere.
Did you know that mindfulness can help us to become more directly aware of our own personal and immediate experience whilst communicating with somebody else? This is in fact an essential step before we can fully open to another and communicate effectively. The awareness of what happens within ourselves supports our ability to turn towards and be with whatever arises in this shared experience: in a mindful manner.
The intention here is not resolution or relief but knowledge of what the present moment experience is like. And even if the experience is difficult, you can actually learn to be with it in many creative ways.
The important thing is:
- Making a genuine connection with the other person
- Meeting the other person as a fellow human being, where both agree to an exploration; not knowing where the journey is going but remaining open to the direct experience you are having together at this present moment
- Not trying to “fix” anything but instead empowering each other to find own insights
Mindful communication can be learned but definitely needs to be practiced!