"Words can be toxic or nourishing. Compassionate language is easily lost in the midst of a busy day and smart phone technologies. This book offers an accessible and poignant perspective on the benefits of communicating mindfully. Our primary mode of communication is with ourselves. The way we speak to ourselves in our minds, and what we ingest from the media and in our daily life are important to consider, as they effect our ability to know and be kind to ourselves, and thus to others. We all want to be understood, as Hanh explains, and the route to that understanding is through deep listening and loving speech. Recognizing the inherent value in another, and in oneself, when you offer these two wings of communication, you can effectively bring more peace and joy into the world. I am grateful for the ways this book has contributed to my own mindfulness, and believe that you might find some wisdom and comfort in it, too."
Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, bestselling author of Peace Is Every Step and one of the most respected and celebrated religious leaders in the world, delivers a powerful path to happiness through mastering life's most important skill. In this precise and practical guide, Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh reveals how to listen mindfully and express your fullest and most authentic self. With examples from his work with couples, families, and international conflicts, The Art of Communicating helps us move beyond the perils and frustrations of misrepresentation and misunderstanding to learn the listening and speaking skills that will forever change how we experience and impact the world. A portion of the proceeds from your book purchase supports Thich Nhat Hanh's peace work and mindfulness teachings around the world. For more information on how you can help, visit www.thichnhathanhfoundation.org.