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Mindful : June 2016
www.MindfulnessNorthwest.org Mindfulness Teacher Training Program Certification in mindfuness teaching 9-month cohort-based teacher training September 8, 2016 - June 4, 2017 Roots of Mindfulness 7-day retreat Exploring the Buddhist roots of Mindfulness and MBSR October 15 - 22, 2016 Mindfulness Retreats and Training in the Pacific Northwest with Mindfulness Northwest Meets CFM requirements for professional development Director & Lead Instructor Rev. Tim Burnett: experienced MBSR teacher, certified compassion teacher, Zen Buddhist Teacher & priest Depending on the situation, this uncertainty may be a pleasant source of creativity or a worrisome source of stress. Sometimes it’s a mixture of both. When all is going well, connecting through conversation comes easily and is its own reward. A challenge arises, though, when a conversation turns midway from constructive to adversarial, possibly threatening to become destructive. How do you stay connected—to your own intentions, the other person, and the unfolding moment? Often these moments begin with an uh-oh pinch of some kind. The pinch can come from 1 Notice an uh-oh pinch some- where in your body, like a con- traction, a flinch, or a recoil- ing? Perhaps your awareness is moving intensely toward taking care of your own needs or defeating the other per- son’s needs in some way? 2 Move into an alert-yet-relaxed posture. Focus on your exha- lations. Breathe out feeling grounded. Feel your feet. Feel your body and mind begin to regain equilibrium. Connect with generosity 3 Soften your chest with the intention of extending gener- osity toward yourself, toward the other person, and toward the unfolding moment. 4 Try to imagine a generous interpretation of what is hap- pening so that the conver- sation can move back onto a more constructive track. Begin to respond as if that generous interpretation were true and see if that begins to improve the quality of your conversation. PRACTICE 76 mindful June 2016 insight practices