What the World Needs Now...

Holly Johnson

4.5 Stars

November 5, 2017

The Lost Art of Good Conversation (Sakyong Mipham)

Cutting through all the white noise, chatter, and superficiality our cell phones and social media cause, one of Tibet's highest and most respected spiritual leaders offers simple and practical advice to help us increase our attentions spans, become better listeners, and strive to appreciate the people around us.  In a world of iPhones and connectivity to social media and email, we are all in constant connection with one another. Then why are so many people feeling burned out, distant from colleagues, and abandoned by family and friends? In this new book from the bestselling author of Running with the Mind of Meditation, the Sakyong uses the basic principles of the Shambhala tradition--meditation and a sincere belief in the inherent wisdom, compassion, and courage of all beings--to help readers to listen and speak more mindfully with loved ones, co-workers, strangers, and even ourselves.  In this easy to understand and helpful book, Sakyong Mipham provides inspiring ideas and practical tips on how to be more present in your day-to-day life, helping us to communicate in ways that elevates the dignity of everyone involved. Great for families, employees and employers and everyone who spend too much time on Facebook, Instagram, and feel "disconnected" in our "connected" world, Good Conversation is a journey back to basics.

What the world needs now is a little less technology, and a little more human interaction.  Being able to truly connect with others, on a base level, would go a long way...and that is what this book is about.  It's not about how to get everyone to agree with you, or how to like everyone, but rather about how to connect with others in a positive way, in spite of any differences you may have.  This is exactly the book we need right now!  There are five sections to the book, each with an area for self-reflection.  The sections address the act of conversing, the basics of true communication (not only verbal), the need to be present and open-minded in a conversation, the possibilities that stem from good communication, and the best practices of conversationalists.  If it sounds dry, it's not -- told from a mentor's perspective in a caring way, this book seeks to soothe a tired and disconnected world.