Dialogue Practice:

Mostly about what dialogue practice is about and a bit about what dialogue practice is not about

Dialogue practice is not:
~ a place to make a particular point prevail.
~ a debate or a discussion.
~ an attempt to make points.
~ a game to win or lose.

Our dialogue practice is a way>
~ to peace and good will.                                                                                                                    ~for us to see our words as gifts.                                                                                                     ~to keep a stream of meaning flowing among us.                                                                     ~to an activity which helps us to be us.                                                                                       ~through the meaning of word.                                                                                                     ~to an honest, supportive activity.                                                                                                    ~ to greater awareness and enhanced consciousness.
~ hone our listening skills.
~ to develop new speaking skills.
~ to practice effective methods of communication.
~ to cultural preservation, growth, and creativity.

~ of making a healthy effective society more probable.
~ to meet interesting people.
~ of putting honest thoughts on the table where we can look at them and begin to find their meaning.
~ of being heard.
~ of finding pleasure in speaking up.
~ to understanding among us and within us.
~ to satisfying relationship.
~ to exchange idea and opinion.
~ to share experience.
~ to practice a second language.
~ to more effective communication outside the group.               

 According to David Bohm, dialogue practice is:                                                                       ~participating in a flow of meaning between us, through us, and among us.                 ~ an activity out of which emerges new and renewed understanding.                               ~ an activity which helps us be an us.

by Richard Sheehan
for Mago Bill






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