Have you ever said to yourself, "I can't believe I just said that"? Have you ever spaced out when someone was talking? You are not alone! Unskillful habits of speech and listening are not new. In fact, 2600 years ago, the Buddha considered the practice of Skillful Speech so important to our development that he made it one of the path factors on the Eightfold Path to happiness. Skillful speech has four qualities: It is always truthful. It is uplifting, not malicious or unkind. It is gentle, not crude or harsh. It is moderate, not useless or meaningless.
Both Wise Speech and Wise Listening are mindfulness practices. They can be cultivated with a deeper awareness of our body, mind, thoughts and emotions. We can learn to restrain our speech in difficult moments and to listen with our whole being, not just our ears. We learn to train the heart, to incline it towards wholesome states such as love, kindness, compassion and understanding. These skills are so needed in our everyday life, at home, at work, in our communities and in our world.
This program is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators of all ages and all levels of experience. Each session will include formal meditation practices, teachings, time for discussion, reflections and questions. Homework between sessions is essential to this group. Everyone is welcome.
This class will not meet on June 25 or July 2.