“Social situations often evoke anxiety as well as excitement. This is especially so when we are meeting new people. How can we bridge that gap of awkwardness? How can we begin to know someone better? Some people find it uncomfortable to allow silence into a conversation, while others feel safe only when asking the questions or interacting superficially. And while a casual understanding may be perfectly okay for certain relationships and acquaintances, what is lost when we view the world and others superficially? There are ways to move beyond shallow-speak and to break out of our individual perspective. The doorway into another’s world can be found when we allow space for silence and deep listening. To venture into and experience this space is to discover that each of us is really the essence of pure meaning and attention.”
Donald Altman, in “The Mindfulness Code”
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