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Tips for Hard Conversations from Laurie Gerber and Tal Rachleff

1. You don’t know what the other person will say, so forget your expectations.

2. Get yourself in a good space. Ask yourself : What got me in trouble in the past before in hard conversations? Own up to your own past failings.

3. Do a practice run with someone who has nothing to do with the person—or to the mirror or writing it out for yourself as a test.

4.  Ask the person permission to have time for a conversation. Tell them why. Say “It’s important to me because…” I love you, I want to have an honest relationship with you, etc.etc.

Tell them how you feel: “I’m afraid this will come out wrong, this will make you mad, etc. etc” so that you’re more able to speak and humanizes you.

5. Make it safe for them to hear you because what you say may upset them. Balance grace  (being nice) and wisdom (the hard truth) in conversations with people.

Find out more here: http://www.yogateachertelesummit.com/toughconversations/

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(via BinduWiles.com – Enlightened Society – Buddhism, Art, Culture, Inspiration)

2 years ago

I was dying when i read this.


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"Think of a person who’s been nasty to you. Imagine that person shrinking to one inch tall. Picture your enemy stomping around in the palm of your hand, yelling or sneering all the customary cruelties. You’ll find that if your critic is making a valid point, it will still sound accurate, but mere verbal abuse is hilarious when squeaked in the voice of an inch-tall Mini-Mean. Whatever your reaction to this tiny villain, that’s probably the best way to react to your life-size challenger. If the insults are laughable, just laugh. If the mean person has a point, tell her that you get it, but she could stand to work on her people skills. Practice what you would say if you felt big and invulnerable, then say it, even if you’re scared. Be “big” by responding to cruelty with honest calm rather than aggression or submissiveness."


Martha Beck: Why People Are Mean - Oprah.com

I love it: laugh at people who are mean to you.

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(via The Radical Self Love Manifesto! www.galadarling.com)

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Chandra Easton really inspired me with her story of the Tibetan Yogini, Machig Labdrön, who became a nun at a young age, and gave it up to wander as an ascetic when she realized that being a nun gave her knowledge but not the experience of that knowledge.

And in the last 20-25 minutes, Chandra Easton shares the Feeding your Demons way of working through whatever ails you. Try it out! I have a really vivid imagination, and it was a little uncomfortable imagining my demon in physical form.

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I always say (something like) this in my classes. 

If you dont fail every now and then, how do you know if you’re reaching your full potential?! Successes are built on your failures!

I think sometimes we’re afraid we’ll look stupid going to a yoga class for the first time or trying out a new, challenging pose (or even off the mat … like going up to a person and initiating a conversation).

Be wise in your pursuits but find that balance with trying new stuff out and potentially “looking stupid”.

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