‘The Art of Mindful Communication’
Love Mindfullness are pleased to offer this one-off online workshop with Frits Koster
Speaking and Listening with Wisdom and Compassion
We are in constant dialogue with ourselves and with others. Communication can flow well but it can also cause (unnecessary) conflict and confusion. The practice of Interpersonal Mindfulness can contribute to a wiser and more compassionate way of communicating.
In this workshop Frits Koster will introduce six guidelines for mindful communication: Pausing, Relaxing, Opening, Attuning to Emergence, Speaking The Truth and Listening Deeply.
These guidelines are introduced by Gregory Kramer in Insight Dialogue, see www.insightdialogue.org/. Two leading mindfulness trainers from the USA, Florence Meleo-Meyer and Phyllis Hicks, with Kramer’s permission, have designed a non-religious programme based on the principles of Insight Dialogue. This training is called the Interpersonal Mindfulness Program (IMP) and functions as a follow-up programme for those having done a course in MBSR or MBCT.
The French writer and Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard says: ‘Understand that, just as a bird needs two wings to fly, you must develop wisdom and compassion simultaneously.’ In this online workshop, which will be guided by Frits Koster, the six guidelines for mindful communication will be explained and practiced (in break out rooms) to explore the wings of wisdom and compassion in an interpersonal way.
Frits Koster is a (Dutch) vipassana meditation teacher and certified mindfulness teacher and health care professional. He has taught mindfulness and compassion in health care settings for many years. He practices various types of meditation since 1979 years and studied Buddhist psychology for six years as a monk in Southeast Asia. He is affiliated as a trainer at various training institutes across Europe. With psychiatrist Erik van den Brink he developed an internationally taught mindfulness-based compassion training. Together they wrote several books on compassion training which are translated into English through Routledge (2015 & 2018).
With his wife Jetty Heynekamp he teaches meditation retreats internationally. Next year in Autumn their book, ‘The Art of Mindful Communication: Speaking and Listening with Wisdom and Compassion’ (with Victoria Norton), will be published by Routledge. See www.compassionateliving.info and www.fritskoster.com for more information.
Book your place
The Art of
with Frits Koster
10 November 7.00-9.00pm
Online, on Zoom
Joining the online course
Our courses are conducted via 'Zoom'. This is easy to use on a desktop, laptop or smart phone. Full details will be provided on booking and support will be given in setting up where needed.