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Loving Each Other Through Communication

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Giovanni Haughton

on 3 December 2014

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Transcript of Loving Each Other Through Communication

Loving Speech
Recognizing the Other
Nonverbal Statistics
"The tongue has the power of life and death" (ancient Hebrew proverb)
Loving language in our environment
Different forms of loving speech: encouragement, praise, kind words, right speech
"Saying what is true prepares the ground of trust on which good, open communication can take place" (Hardin p. 37)

Words of affirmation, acts of service, affection, quality time, gifts
“Love is something you do for someone else, not something you do for yourself.” (p. 82)
Loving Speech
"Communication, the art of talking with each other, saying what we feel and mean, saying it clearly, listening to what the other says and making sure that we're hearing accurately, is by all indication the skill most essential for creating and maintaining loving relationships" (Buscaglia, p. 53).
Moh Hardin
Listening vs talking to ourselves

Telling the commentator in our head to be quiet

Listening is a skill

Right speech

Loving Each Other Through Communication

By: Taylor Carter, Jack DeWolfe, Giovanni Haughton, & Leilani Mahoney
Recognizing the Other

"Communication is 7% verbal, 38% vocal, and 55% nonverbal"
-Dr. Albert Mehrabian

"Communication without the use of spoken language. Nonverbal communication includes gestures, facial expressions, and body positions (known collectively as “body language”), as well as unspoken understandings and presuppositions, and cultural and environmental conditions that may affect any encounter between people."

Nonverbal communication -
Ex: Andy: Hey, how are you Phillip?

Phillip: I'm great. (Straight face)
I'm grreeaat!!! =)

Preview of Material
Loving Each Other Through Communication
Thich Nhat Hanh

Deep listening as a meditation

Listening as a way to ease suffering

Deep breathing & remaining silent
Leo Buscaglia
"When I ask you to listen to me and you start giving
you have not done what I asked.
When I ask you to listen to me and you feel you have to
something to solve my problems, you have failed me,
as that may seem.
Perhaps that's why prayer works for some people.
God is mute and He doesn't offer advice or try to fix
He just listens and trusts you to work it out for yourself.
So please. just listen and hear me. And if you want to talk,
wait a few minutes for your turn and I promise I'll listen
to you."

- Anonymous
True listening is in the intervals

Planning tomorrow's menu

Failure to listen stops sharing

Second of four mantras
"Dear One, I know that you are here, and it makes me very happy" (p. 8)

We will be putting you into partners and you will "get to know" the person and pay attention to loving speech,
nonverbal communication,
listening, and
Flash of Generosity Exercise
Gary Chapman "The Five Love Languages"
Thich Nhat Hanh's "True Love"
Moh Hardin's "A Little Book of Love"

Flash of generosity (p. 32)
Loving Speech by Taylor
Nonverbal by Giovanni
Listening by Jack
Recognizing the other by Leilani
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