1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Holistic Spirituality – How to Speak to Anyone with Truth and Kindness: A Half-Day Online Workshop led by Oren Jay Sofer
The path of awakening taught by the Buddha includes a wide range of practices to calm the body and mind, to heal the heart, and to respond to need with wisdom and compassion. Silent meditation is only one form of training. In our time together, we will use the foundation of inner practice to build a holistic approach to transformation and engaged action.
How can we use our spiritual practice as a resource to respond to the challenges of our times with strength and love? How do we bring qualities of integrity, truth, and kindness into our relationships and conversations, staying true to our values while creating conditions for real dialogue?
In this half-day online workshop, we will explore an integrated approach to bringing mindfulness and care to our communication. The tools shared will be a combination of the core guidelines for Wise Speech offered by the Buddhist tradition, as well as the contemporary discipline of Nonviolent Communication. Together, these practices form a powerful foundation for insight, compassion, and skill so that our conversations can create meaningful change.
This event is appropriate for meditators at all levels of experience. All are welcome; no prior experience necessary.
This program will be held online via Zoom from 1:00-4:30pm ET. Registration- sliding scale, affordable to anyone interested in attending– more information and registration at https://usg.breezechms.com/
A link with simple instructions will be sent to all registrants before the program. We will take several short breaks, including a longer break half-way through.
NOTE: This workshop is both a stand-alone program and Part 3 of a series of three online, half-day workshops offered by Oren Jay Sofer.
Oren Jay Sofer, a member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, teaches meditation and communication retreats and workshops nationally. He is a Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner for the healing of trauma. Oren also holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University and is the founder of Next Step Dharma. He is the author of Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication, and coauthor of Teaching Mindfulness to Empower Adolescents.