Book Reviews and Highlights

The Art of Communicating

Thich Nhat Hanh

  • Buddhism
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Personal Growth
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Self-Help
  • Nothing can survive without food.
  • 1 Essential Food | Page: 3
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  • The first step is to practice mindful breathing, mindful walking, and mindfulness in daily activities, so that you will be strong enough to go back to yourself, listen to your own suffering, and look deeply into its nature. Unless we listen to our own suffering, there’s no chance of improving the quality of our relationships.
  • 5 When Difficulties Arise | Page: 107
  • What is the first thing you do when you arrive at work? Do you smile at the people you see? Do you greet them? The first few minutes are crucial in setting the tone for your workday.
  • 6 Mindful Communication at Work | Page: 120
  • Even so, you can turn every phone conversation or e- mail into an opportunity to practice compassionate communication.
  • 6 Mindful Communication at Work | Page: 121
  • Recognize any feelings of stress or irritation you may have or any feeling that you’re being interrupted. You may want to put your hand on the receiver while breathing to let your coworkers know that you intend to pick up the phone, but you’re just not in a hurry.
  • 6 Mindful Communication at Work | Page: 121
  • Words can travel thousands of miles. May my words create mutual understanding and love. May they be as beautiful as gems, as lovely as flowers.
  • 6 Mindful Communication at Work | Page: 122
  • In Buddhism, a “hungry ghost” is someone who has a big, empty stomach and is very hungry but has a very tiny throat. Even if there’s plenty of food, that person can’t swallow it. He can’t absorb anything. So even if a lot of understanding and love is offered, that person isn’t able to take it in.
  • 7 Creating Community in the World | Page: 132
  • Every time we communicate, we either produce more compassion, love, and harmony or we produce more suffering and violence. Our communication is what we put out into the world and what remains after we have left it.
  • 8 Our Communication Is Our Continuation | Page: 139
  • Throughout our day, we produce energies of thought, speech, and action. We’re communicating in every moment, either with ourselves or with others. Thinking, speech, and bodily acts are our own manifestations. You are your action. You are what you do, not only what you do with your body, but also with your words and your mind. Karma is the triple action of our thoughts, our speech, and our bodily actions.
  • 8 Our Communication Is Our Continuation | Page: 140
  • When you produce a thought of hate, anger, or despair, that thought is a poison which will affect your body and your mind.
  • 8 Our Communication Is Our Continuation | Page: 140
  • So thinking is already acting. You don’t need to say or do anything in order to be acting. To produce a thought is to act.
  • 8 Our Communication Is Our Continuation | Page: 140
  • You are not a phantom; you are real, and you know what is going on. What is going on is that there is a cup of tea in your hands.
  • 9 Practices for Compassionate Communication | Page: 150