Perspectives On Dialogue

“…we speak of dialogue as the outer counterpart to the inward cultivation of moment-to-moment non-judgmental awareness, or mindfulness…. No one needs to dominate in a dialogue, and indeed, it would cease being a dialogue at that point if one person or group attempted to control it. We watch the arising of and listen to the voicing of ideas, opinions, thoughts and feelings, and drink them all in in a spirit of deep inquiry and intentionality, much as we do in resting in awareness in formal meditation practice, allowing it all to be treated as equally valid of at least being seen, heard and known without editing, censoring, vetting, or rejecting. A greater intelligence that seems to reside in the group but is not in any one person often emerges, surprisingly, and with it a deeper collective understanding as a direct consequence of such spaciousness and openheartedness.” Jon Kabat-Zinn Coming to Our Senses

In these discourses we find the only point becomes what it already is… love. But how might one interpret it to be about or of love? Whenever a deeper collective understanding emerges from this openheartedness Kabat-Zinn articulates, love is present. Love facilitates, nurtures and allows a great intelligence to emerge.

j. ruth kelly, 2013, all rights reserved

j. ruth kelly, 2013, all rights reserved

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