Saturday, September 22, 2012

Learning Goal #1 Walking the Bridge

I am a pedestrian on a new bridge that is being built between teams with different approaches to spiritual and pastoral care. The contemplative dialogue skills are a help. 

I will take time to notice defended and non-defended responses and energy among volunteers and staff;  identify values, assumptions, inferences and feelings in a non-judgmental way; look with compassion on all parties involved especially in polarized situations; check out biases and inferences in tense situations; let go of fears and hoped for outcomes and accept all with gratitude; and teach contemplative dialogue skills to the members of the spiritual care team.
My goal is to be able to communicate more mindfully and contribute to peaceful communication in tense and/or polarized situations between the two teams.