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First Fridays : June - "Listening as an Act of Communication"

  • Brennan Institute for Mind Body Healing 1801 Robert Fulton Drive, Suite 230 Reston, VA 20191 USA (map)

"There is a difference between listening and waiting for your turn to speak."

-- Simon Sinek

For many of us, the idea of "communication" is synonymous with speaking. For some who practice this more rigorously, body language, as well as the projection of other non-verbal cues, come into play as a component of our message. This is only one side of the communication equation, however, and all is for nothing if we don't study the art of listening. At First Fridays - June, we'll discuss the art of active listening, talk about the importance of establishing ground rules for productive discussion, learn about ways to incorporate a mindful approach to difficult or challenging conversations, and even get a little practice in mindful listening. This also includes how to apply these concepts to the act of listening to yourself.

6:00 to 6:15 - Arrival and Opening Remarks
6:15 to 6:45 - Listening as and Act of Communication
6:45 to 7:15 - Practicing the Art of Listening
7:15 - 7:35 - Vipassana
7:35 - 8:00 - Wrap Up and Departure

Our NovaPrana events are supported entirely by donations, and a suggested donation of $5-$10 is greatly appreciated to help us work toward our mission. Since this is squarely in the dinner hour, snacks are provided! If you would like to be a snack donor for one of these events, just reach out to us at