Mindful Dialogue Workshop
Saturday, August 17
1:00 - 3:00 PM
During this Workshop, Ray will share with you practical tips that will help you think about how you communicate and how you can improve your communication by bringing greater presence, curiosity and attention to your conversations. We will do guided meditations, journaling, small-sharing groups, wisdom sharing and a final meditation.
“Every person who is born is born with an ax in his mouth. A fool who uses abusive language cuts himself and others with that ax.” Buddha (Sn 657)
Think about conversations you’ve had that you wish you could take back. Did you say something inconsiderate? Did you lie? or Did you spend the whole day in meaningless chatter? Wrong speech causes so many problems.
The ways we communicate matter, and our speech can be healing, soothing and uplifting. How amazing would it be if you can look into another’s eyes and tell them something of your own life? We can use mindfulness to improve our communication with others.
We will deepen our understanding of the following topics:
Why is communication important? How can we incorporate mindfulness into communication through three steps to create effective conversation:
- leading with presence
- bringing curiosity and care
- focusing on what matters
What To Bring
Please bring a journal and something to write with. All are welcome. Chairs and cushions are provided for your comfort, as well as hot tea and water.
Next Workshop: Sept 21
About Ray Manyoky
Ray began his Vipassana meditation practice in 2015 as a way to alleviate his depression and anxiety. Ray currently teaches the Friday night Heart Practices Meditation Class at the Frederick Meditation Center, hosts the Frederick Dharma Book Club, is an IMCW Meditation Mentor, co-leads a Kalyana Metta group, and co-facilitates Jonathan Foust’s post-dharma talk Discussion Group. He regularly attends IMCW dharma talks and meditations led by Jonathan Foust, Tara Brach, and Adam Silcott. Ray will be a Mentor in the upcoming Year of Living Mindfully Program led by Jonathan Foust. Ray is an alumni of Jonathan Foust’s The Year of Living Mindfully. Ray has attended IMCW day long workshops taught by Tara, Jonathan, Hugh Byrne, Sharon Salzburg and Stan Eisenstein, and silent retreats at Bhavana Society, WV. Ray is inspired by dharma teachers: Tara Brach, Jonathan Foust, Bhante G, Josh Korda, and Oren Jay Sofer.
Ray is currently enrolled in the two-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certified Program led by Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield.