If you’ve ever practiced mindfulness, you’re probably already aware of the many benefits it offers for the dedicated practitioner. When we open ourselves to this practice, we create the potential for our lives to be transformed in ways that might seem subtle but are truly life-altering.
Take communication, for example. Using mindfulness in our communication with others can improve our relationships and help us navigate even the most difficult conversations.
Haven’t noticed the presence of mindfulness in your communication? No worries! There are five simple steps you can follow to bring about more mindfulness when talking to others.
Set a clear commitment
Ask yourself, “What am I committed to creating in this conversation?” Whatever your response may be to that question, make sure your words are aligned with that particular commitment.
Choose your words carefully
If you choose the right words, you can convey your message powerfully in a way that’s easy for the other to understand.
It’s not always about you talking
Rather, it’s about you listening. Treat the act of listening as a true mindfulness practice, and let the other person’s words be the center of your attention.
Let connection be your guide
Keep in mind your body language and attune yourself to the other by eliminating distractions. By connecting with the other with both your words and your body language, you can let the other know that they’re really being heard.
Don’t forget to breathe
Just like in mindfulness practice, a deep breath can be a wonderful way to clear your mind and keep you grounded. This will also help shake off a little anxious energy. For more tips to help you overcome social anxiety, check out this article.