April 18 – May 16, 2023
Speaking from wisdom
A joint deepening in wise speaking and attentive listening through meditation-in-interaction (Insight Dialogue)
From April 18, Riët Aarsse will again give the 5-week live course 'Speaking from wisdom'.
This live course brings the meditation and mindfulness to our relational lives. With Insight Dialogue, meditate-in-interaction, we meditate as we speak and listen! The practice of speaking from wisdom supports a life focused on awakening. It helps to say the right thing at the right time, to nurture and experience connection with others. By speaking from wisdom, we are also more in touch with ourselves, so that confidence and calmness can develop further.
Speaking from wisdom contributes to the quality of our relationships, at home, at work, in the Sangha and wherever we are.
How we speak matters! For ourselves and for others. And it is often not easy to speak wisely. We all know times when we would like to bite the tip of our tongue because we said something that we really wish we hadn't said. Or the times we've been silent because we feel insecure because we don't know what's right to say. Or that we wanted to contribute more and are not satisfied with ourselves afterwards. Or a situation where in the heat of a conflict we throw fuel on the fire instead of wisely remaining silent or saying something conciliatory.
“Speak wisely” is more than a means of communication; it is a way of being that protects us and others and deepens connection with ourselves and others.
“Master your words” is advice from the Buddha not to let difficult situations arise. It helps to experience more harmony with others (and ourselves).
We practice “Speaking from Wisdom” with the help of Insight Dialogue. Insight Dialogue has six meditation instructions. These are: Pause; Open relaxed; Adjusting to change-; listen attentively; Speak your own subjective truth. These meditation instructions (or guidelines) help to be mindful and connected with ourselves and our meditation partner, both speaking and listening. As we listen carefully and speak wisely, our hearts can open and we can be touched by each other's wisdom and kindness.
'Speaking wisely' is one aspect of an awakening life path. We can "wake up" every moment of our lives. In the exercise we learn to pause, relax and open up to the other. We create a collective, meditative field in which we can safely practice and discover what helps, and what doesn't, to be in harmony. This in turn leads to us trusting ourselves more and experiencing more connection with others.
In the course we will be inspired by a number of teachings of the Buddha (suttas). Experience shows that meditating-in-interaction can feel exciting at first, but time and time again it turns out to work surprisingly well and participants of courses experience a lot of joy, connection, calmness and insight.
Be very welcome!
This course is for anyone with (some) meditation experience. Experience with Insight Dialogue is not necessary. If you have experience with ID or other interpersonal forms of meditation you are also very welcome.
The course lasts five weeks. Every Tuesday evening there is a 2 hour session. There is a break in between. We start each session with a short silent meditation, followed by a short introduction to the topic of 'Speaking wisely' and an explanation of an Insight Dialogue guideline.
This course uses the video chat program Zoom. Zoom has the option to practice in so-called 'break-out' rooms. During a session, participants will practice together in a 'break-out' room in groups of 2 or 3. The facilitator can continue to communicate with the people in the break-out room.
Order date: dTuesday 18, 25 April, 2, 9 and 16 May. Every time from 19.30:21.30 pm to XNUMX:XNUMX pm.
Participation in the first meeting on April 18 is necessary to be able to participate in the course, because it lays the foundation for practicing together. If you already know that you cannot participate on April 18, it is better to register for a next course.
This is what you can expect
5 Live (online) meetings of 19.30 to 21.30 hours.
It is important that you every meeting can attend. Because you can't do Insight Dialogue on your own.
- April 18 – “Pause and relax” – basis for wisdom
- April 25 – “Open and tune in to change” – soft words
- May 2 – “Listen Carefully and Speak Truthfully” – what is truth?
- May 9 – “THINK in everyday life” – what are we talking about?
- May 16 – “WAIT in daily life” – connection and harmony
During each session, participants will practice together in pairs or groups of three breakout room.
Exercises, quotes and tips
You get access to exercises, supporting quotes, reading and viewing tips.
On the Home page of this course you can introduce yourself by posting a message. There is also the possibility to share a question or reflection.
Sangha - Community
Online Sangha where you can experience, exchange and learn together.
You can watch the live sessions/meetings at a time of your choosing. The breakout rooms are not included for privacy reasons.