Contemplation and Dialogue (or, Speaking of Silence)

My latest Patheos column is Contemplation and Dialogue. Please follow the link to read it. In it I explore what role having a contemplative or mindfulness practice — the discipline of attending to silence on a regular basis, which for people of faith includes a dimension of prayer — in supporting creative and positive dialogue, as opposed the the kind of "dialogue" in which one party attempts to control or coerce the other.I'd be curious to know your thoughts on this matter. … [Read more...]