Episode 319 :: Oren Jay Sofer :: Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication

Oren Jay Sofer

Oren Jay Sofer joins us to speak about Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication. Communication is a complex interaction. Our own perceptions are not tape-recorder accurate nor are they complete; bias creeps into our thoughts *about* perceptions, and our cultural background will influence the very words we use — and that’s just a taste of what goes into just one side of a conversation. When listening, we may be rehearsing what we’re going to say, thinking about something completely unrelated, dismissing what the other person is saying… or perhaps we are genuinely and deeply listening, not just hearing, but might miss body language queues or messaging that’s important to the speaker, but not us. Mindfulness practice may help, and in particular communicating with care. Oren Jay Sofer leads retreats and workshops on mindful communication around the United States. A member of the Spirit Rock Teacher’s Council, he teaches in the Insight Meditation community, holds a degree in comparative religion from Columbia University, and is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and a Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication. Oren creates mindfulness training programs for apps and organizations and lives in Richmond, California. So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Mandarin Orange tea.


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