In this course, you will develop skills for more effective and connected conversations, become more conscious of your own habituated patterns, and through this process discover how to be more authentically yourself. Being genuinely available for others and their own challenges while learning how to facilitate intense moments in conversations will bring us back to a more choiceful and connected place when the going gets tough.
Few of us were ever taught how to ‘do’ conflict well. Yet, for virtually all of us, conflicts can cause us enormous stress, revealing individual limitations and collectively unhealthy patterns.
With a focus on how to engage from the heart in some of our most difficult yet most important conversations, Compassionate Conversations weaves together a framework utilizing essential principles from conflict resolution, Zen Buddhism, adult developmental psychology and Integral theory.
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At a time of deep polarization and heightened conflict around the world, MindBody Studies Managing Editor LeTonia Jones and Kimberly Loh, co-author of Compassionate Conversations: How to Speak and Listen from the Heart engage in a deeply felt conversation about both the necessity of embodiment and a commitment to love as a means to navigate conflict.
Kim Loh works at the confluence of communication, embodiment and mindfulness. Kim helps people navigate conflict more fluently, with clarity and compassion, and transform their conflicts and themselves in the process.
Kim is the co-author of Compassionate Conversations: How to Speak and Listen from the Heart with Diane Musho Hamilton and Gabriel Wilson. Her past work includes mediation and conflict facilitation, peacebuilding research and policy development for the United Nations, international NGOs and universities, and work as a lawyer in London and Singapore.
She also is a guide of embodiment and meditation, teaching on and off since 2013, since completing two 200-hr RYTTs gratefully received on the healing, alchemical island of Bali, Indonesia. She has found her spiritual home within Zen Buddhism, and is a lineage holder in the White Plum Assanga. Kim is grateful to live and play on the island of Kaua’i, Hawaii. She is currently hosting online weekly sitting groups that all are welcome to join. Learn more at www.kimberlyloh.com
“Most conflict resolution boils down to facilitating the conversation between us about what we can agree to be true.”Compassionate Conversations by Diane Hamilton, Gabriel Wilson, & Kim Loh
“Most conflict resolution boils down to facilitating the conversation between us about what we can agree to be true.”
When a conversation takes a turn into the sometimes uncomfortable and often contentious topics of race, religion, gender, sexuality, and politics, it can be difficult to know what to say or how to respond to someone you disagree with. Compassionate Conversations empowers us to transform these conversations into opportunities to bridge divides and mend relationships by providing the basic set of conflict resolution skills we need to be successful, including listening, reframing, and dealing with strong emotions.