Each time you interact with someone: 1. Make eye contact. Try and really see the person you are talking to; their expressions, mannerisms, and the way they are interacting with you. 2. Practice mindful listening. Try to truly listen to what the other person is saying, don’t just wait for your chance to speak, try not to anticipate what they are going to say, or worry about what they are going to say. Just listen then react and see where the conversation takes you. You might find your conversations are slower this week, but they will also be more thoughtful. Don’t worry if you don’t remember to practice this with every conversation, just try it on the next one.
Bringing mindfulness to our interactions with others
By: Aileen Baxter
I’m a qualified mind-body practitioner, here to support you on your chronic pain journey.