PODCAST: Inside Personal Growth
In my interview with Greg Voisen, we speak about my new co-authored book entitled “Compassionate Conversations-How to Speak and Listen from the Heart.”
No matter who you are or in what position you might hold, it is challenging at best to understand how your biases are playing out in the way you communicate with others.
The conversation has an immense power to deepen our relationships and cast light on our shared reality. Dialogue is the cornerstone of all significant changes in society and the basis of our efforts to create fairer, more equitable conditions for everyone. Depending on what we’re trying to talk about, however, some conversations can be extremely difficult. We often avoid these kinds of conversations because we often have unsatisfying and, sometimes, damaging experiences. Whether we are talking about race, gender, politics, or religion, we can easily become entangled in our differences, in our beliefs about right and wrong, and in our views of the issues. With practice, however, we are also capable of doing something else: being fully in the present moment, accessing our goodwill and flexibility, and using conversation as an opportunity to learn and grow together.
Our usual approaches to conversation are not wrong, but how often do we come away satisfied with the quality of our speaking and listening? How frequently have we learned something? And how many times have we felt encouraged to keep talking and go further?
This book is intended to show that compassionate conversations can happen, even when challenging, and our differences can inform and inspire us, rather than overwhelm and divide us.
I hope you enjoy this informative and compelling interview!