Hello Blog Land – its been a while! I was on vacation and it was amazing to fully disconnect for a bit! But I’m back and more excited than even to share this Mindful Living space with you all!
While relaxing on the beaches of #puremichigan (yes it is as beautiful as they say!) I started reading a book, The Art of Communicating by Thich Nhat Hanh. This book is so beautifully written. It focuses on our communication with our self and others. The author says, if we can’t communicate with ourselves, we will not be able to communicate with others.
This really resonated with me, because I feel we do not take the time to give ourselves the time and care we need. I am the first to admit I let life get in the way and struggle in the ideal of Mindful Living. The author talks a lot about listening to the signs our body gives us to know when to relax and take a breath. When you notice these signals we are encouraged to take a few moments to ourself.
In later chapters, the author describes loving speech – which includes telling the truth, not exaggerating, constancy, and using peaceful language. I mean, if we all practiced this – how lovely would our world be!
The book also gives tips about mindful communication at work. The author explains that mindful breathing is the first step to mindful communication. Mindful breathing relaxes us and we have to be relaxed to feel well, so that we can make the best decisions possible. This is just a good life tip!
I found this book to be an easy read and helped me think about how I communicate with myself and others. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for insight and a thought provoking read.