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About the Evening
Communication can be hard. Oren Jay Sofer’s proven method makes it easier and more effective for people on both sides of the conversation. His method is a unique combination of mindfulness, Nonviolent Communication, and somatic awareness. This method has been popular since the 1960s and is based on the belief that all human beings have the capacity for compassion and resort to violence or behavior that harms others only when they don’t recognize more effective strategies for meeting needs.
Oren’s unique method for fostering peaceful, effective communication has three components: (1) presence: bringing mindful awareness to the interaction, (2) intention: bringing curiosity and care to the moment, and (3) attention: learning to really hear and understand in a way that enables you to navigate the difficulties, express yourself clearly, and listen for what matters.
Join Oren for a conversation about applying these skills to personal and social relationships with romantic partners, friends, colleagues, and family.
Oren Jay Sofer is a Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication and teaches communication and meditation nationally. He has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1997, holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University, and is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner for trauma healing. Oren is also a member of the Spirit Rock Teachers’ Council, founder of Next Step Dharma, and the author of Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication.
About the Book
Say What You Mean is a step-by-step guide for meaningful conversations that bring people together. It is the first book to integrate mindfulness with the modern discipline of Nonviolent Communication and somatic healing.
Whether it’s managing conflict at work, navigating a political divide with a relative, or strengthening bonds at home—communicating effectively is what makes or breaks our relationships. Rich with simple yet powerful exercises, Say What You Mean offers a clear method and concrete practices for healthier, more effective conversation.