Dialogue Practice

Mostly about what dialogue practice is, and a bit about what it is not.

Our Dialogue practice is not:

  • a place to make a particular point prevail.
  • a debate or discussion.
  • an attempt to make points.
  • a game to win or lose.


This Dialogue is a way to:

  • keep a stream of meaning flowing among us.
  • peace and good-will.
  • see our words as gifts.
  • an activity which helps us to be us.
  • and through the meaning of our words.
  • an honest supportive activity.
  • greater awareness and enhanced consciousness.
  • hone our listening skills.
  • practice a “second” language.
  • develop new speaking skills.
  • practice effective methods of communication.
  • cultural preservation, growth, and creation.
  • make a healthy, effective society more probable.
  • meet an interesting person.
  • put honest thoughts on the table where we can look at them and begin to find their meaning.
  • be heard.
  • find pleasure in speaking up.
  • understanding among us and within us.
  • satisfying relationship.
  • exchange ideas and opinions.
  • more effective communication beyond the group.

According to David Bohn, 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 to be us.


by Richard Sheehan                                                                                                                      for Mago Bill

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