As human beings, we always have a strong
desire for connection. Even before we are born, we communicate and connect with
our mother. As we grow up, we seek connections with our family members, our
friends in school, our romantic partners, our co-workers, etc. Communication
can strengthen a relationship, but it can also break one if we're not mindful
of our word.
Self-communication is the key to interpersonal communication. The language we use to talk to ourselves, to create our story, directly and indirectly, affects our relationship with others.
Two elements of mindful communication are deep listening and loving speech.
someone is speaking to you in a conversation, just listen. Stay present, don't
try to give advice, listen with the intention to learn and understand the other
person even when what they say might not be true.