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Putting Mindfulness Into Practice

I listened to this story and thought what a bold mistake but what I found the most admirable was the way he was able to admit his huge mistake. Pride gets in the way of  resolution and tends to make situations worse.  I have put a lot of self-improvement mindfulness on the back burner.  I understand mindfulness can only be practiced if it is intentional.  What has become a habit in the last few months is my ability to look outward and point a finger at external factors for causing my negative or positive attitude. If I am sad it tends to be because someone or something is making me sad.  In passed months, my happiness could only be brought on by something external therefore it was considered "situational happiness."  I quickly forget my happiness can only be created within myself.  

The last couple weeks have really opened me up.  The vulnerability I have been feeling has brought me to tears on average once a day.   This morning I fell back into hold habits.  I was put in a situation created only in my mind rather then the reality.  The scene was silly, almost trivial but it domino-ed into the lives of others and affected the emotions of every person within proximity.  I saw how my poor attitude caused others to step on eggshells around me and in turn made it hard to communicate their needs to me.  Being out of practice, of what is considered common courtesy to most, is a harsh reality for me.  Here are a few of my daily reminders to maintain mindfulness in my relationships. 

1. Don't project your feelings.  A common maneuver when I know I've done something childish and don't want to admit it. 

Retro

On The Tasteless Moose

It is all about how you perceive . . .

A natural inkling on the part of my mother, many moons ago; saw me encamped in a class for learning the basics of communication. It was just right; I found that I could comprehend the different concepts – or compartments of communication; the why’s and wherefores, and procedures for gaining not only the ability to communicate; but to ensure you are heard, to ensure someone is attending your conversation, and getting a fair duplicate of what you’d said too! Thus the listener gets some kind of recognition on what it was that was said.

Half the battle in relation to schools has to do with teaching. Teachers communicating in such a way as to be comprehensible to the students in their class! If teacher has trouble with any of the components of communication; then the resulting confusion is what that class will duplicate; whether it wants to or not.

Further more, if I learned what makes good communication, it follows then that I would have gained some insight into how NOT to use communication, so as to not severely effect another in an adverse way.

You can actually violate the natural laws of communication to such an extent that it causes trouble, en=mass! If you don’t believe it, take a look at your average run of the mill school at the playlunch break for example.

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