Conversation--The Sacred Art Practicing Presence in an Age of Distraction

ISBN-10: 1594734747

ISBN-13: 9781594734748

Edition: 2013

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Description: Cultivate the potential for deeper connection in every conversation. “To think of conversation as a sacred art challenges us to imagine all the conversations in which we participate, from the acquaintance we run into at Target to the dialogue for which we’ve spent weeks in preparation, as a potentially sacred conversation.” —from the Introduction We often find ourselves distracted and overwhelmed by a constant stream of information and demand for connectivity. Now more than ever, we need to develop our capacity for greater presence in our daily lives and relationships. One of the best ways to do this is by improving the quality of our conversations. Dr. Diane Millis offers us inspirational stories, insights and spiritual practices from many faith traditions to increase our awareness of the deep, natural holiness waiting to be unlocked in our everyday encounters. This resource is a catalyst for anyone who would like to enrich seemingly ordinary conversations as well as for leaders in educational, ministry and corporate settings who want to: Increase their capacity to listen deeply Become more self-aware and attentive to others Learn how to move beyond conventional topics to exploring purpose, meaning and values in conversation.

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Book details

List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: LongHill Partners, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.506
Language: English

Diane M. Millis, PhD, founder and executive director of the Journey Conversations Project, is an inspirational speaker, organizational consultant and spiritual director specializing in the fields of spirituality, communication and family studies. She facilitates personal growth workshops and retreats at colleges, congregations and corporations throughout the United States.

Rev. Tilden Edwards, PhD , is founder and senior fellow of the ecumenical Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation and author of eight books on spiritual life.

Foreword
Introduction
What is the Sacred Art of Conversation?
Encountering the Sacred Within
Practice: Entering the Cave of Your Heart
Practice: Listening to the Conversation in Your Heart
Encountering the Sacred in Each Other
Reflection: Souls Who Have Made Us Wiser
Practice: Tending One Another's Light-Holding, Beholding, and Being Held
Encountering the Sacred Between Us
Reflection: Increasing Awareness of the Sacred Between Us
Gateways for Conversation
Listening to Your Life
Reflection: Steppingstones on the Journey
Noticing and Naming What Gives You Life
Reflection: Nurturing Awareness of What You Hold Sacred
Reflection: Looking at the World with the Eyes of a Poet
Discerning a Heart-Centered Path
Reflection: Listening to Your Inner Guide
Reflection: The Thread You Follow
Practicing the Sacred Art of Conversation
Practicing Attentive Presence: Listening Within Before Speaking Out
Practice: Three Deep Breaths
Practice: Centering on the Breath
Practicing Receptive Presence: Welcoming All That We Encounter
Reflection: The Three Gates
Practice: The Welcoming Prayer
Practicing Compassionate Presence: Going Within Before Venturing Out
Practice: Offering the Gift of
Contemplative Questions
Practice: Sacred Holding
Practice: Compassionate Abiding
Conclusion
Appendices: The Sacred Art of Conversation in Community: Creating Occassions for Contemplative Conversations
Cultivating Contemplation and Compassion in Community through Journey Conversations
Appreciatively Focused Conversations at Home and Work
Conversation Catalysts
Notes
Suggestions for Further Reading
Acknowledgments
About the Journey Conversations Project
Credits
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