I’ve recently had the pleasure of reading fellow spiritual blogger Leigh Gaitskill’s book, Relating Heart to Heart, A Guide to Playing Well with Others. In only 53 pages, Leigh gets to the heart of the matter of relating to others: good communication! Good communication deepens relationships, whether with parents, other family members, friends, or a partner.
Leigh discusses ways in which we can become more self-aware and self-observant, as well as become non-judgmental and non-reactive when relating to others. These include practicing the Christian Golden Rule (Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, Luke 6:31 – my note), itself a form of the Law of Attraction, and the Buddhist precept from the Noble Eightfold Path: Right Speech. However, Leigh beautifully takes this a step further by discussing right listening!
Right listening requires us to be nonjudgmental and non-reactive to others. By letting others be who they are without expectations, we are less likely to take things personally, and can therefore communicate from our hearts instead of our minds. Practicing mindfulness helps us to be fully present, and when we are fully present, our hearts are open to listening as well as lovingly speaking. There are different ways to cultivate and practice mindfulness, as Leigh expresses, from actual Vipassana meditation, to walking, chanting, or practicing yoga or chi gong. This is indeed a lovely guide for playing well with others!
Relating Heart to Heart, A Guide to Playing Well with Others, is available as an ebook at Amazon for only $2.99.
And stop by Leigh’s blog too at Not Just Sassy on the Inside.
I also have a little catching up to do on awards. I have already received both of these, but it is always an honor to be acknowledged by fellow bloggers! Thank you to Sue at Dreamwalker’s Sanctuary for the Sisterhood of World Bloggers Award, and to Linda at Litebeing Chronicles for the WordPress Family Award! I am happy to have both of you as blogosphere sisters and family!
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