The ancient practice of mindfulness has recently become a topic of discussion in popular media and academic settings. This presentation and discussion explores possibilities of how mindful practices influence our personal relationships. In particular we’ll discuss presence as a means of connection and feeling understood; awareness as a means of connection, but also a potential way of creating distance during interpersonal interactions; and, the role of non judgment in creating safe relational space while being less reactive in our friendships and romantic relationships. The discussion will include work from a variety of authors, including Thich Nhat Hahn, Thomas Merton, Arthur Zajonc, Martin Buber, Desmond Tutu, and the Dalai Lama.

  • Dates: 2 Sundays at noon - 1 pm, Feb 25 and Mar 3
  • Facilitated by: Douglas Kelley, Emeritus Professor of Communication and Lincoln Professor of Relational Ethics at ASU
  • Location: Annex B or Zoom Meeting ID: 884 1465 3886 | Passcode: UUCP4027
  • Registration: None

For more information, contact afd@phoenixuu.org .