Conscious Communication

There is a note on my desk that I use as a daily reminder. It is a conscious communication practice rooted in the Buddhist tradition.

Before you speak, ask yourself these four questions:

  1. Is what I am about to say kind?
  2. Is it true?
  3. Is it necessary?
  4. Does it improve upon the silence?

Imagine a life where everyone answered yes to all four questions before speaking, texting or posting on social media. What a life that would be!

Alas, we are mere mortals and sometimes get caught up in life’s drama. Whenever we do, we all feel the resulting pain. Let that pain be a reminder to come back to these simple questions – to use when communicating with others AND when talking to ourselves. Our words will resonate with authenticity and love.

Like a pebble dropped in a pond, the ripple effects will resonate throughout our world,

Ah, the peace!

Ripple in water

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