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Week 6 Mindful Communication WEEK 5: HOME PRACTICE ASSIGNMENTS


1. Alternate the new Sitting Meditation with listening to the Body Scan or Standing or Lying-down Yoga audio guidance, every other day, at least 6 times this week.


2. Be aware of your attention as you communicate with others. Are you really there? Daydreaming? Waiting to say what you have to tell them? Notice if you can periodically return to the sensation of your breath as you listen to another. If your attention wanders, bring it back to that person. Offer reflection of what you heard them say to verify the communication.


3. Optional review material on mindful communication in this handbook


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Aikido Surprise By Terry Dobson


A major turning point in my life came as an unexpected surprise one day in the middle of a quiet spring afternoon on a sleepy train in the suburbs of Tokyo.


It all started as the old train car was clanking and rattling over the rails. It was comparatively empty – a few housewives with their kids in tow, some old folks out shopping, a couple off-duty bartenders casually glancing through the sports section of the local newspaper. I was gazing absently at the drab houses and dusty hedgerows.


Then as the doors opened at one unremarkable station, the calm afternoon was suddenly shattered. A man on the platform bellowed at the top of his lungs, yelling violent, obscene, incomprehensible curses. Just before the doors closed, the still yelling man staggered into our car.


He was big, drunk and dirty. He wore laborer's clothing. His ragged shirt was stiff with dried vomit, his hair crusted with filth. His bloodshot eyes were bugged out, beaming scorn and hatred to all who caught his glance.


Screaming obscenities, he swung his big fist wildly at the first person he could reach, a scared young woman holding a baby.


The blow glanced off her shoulder, sending her spinning into the laps of an elderly couple. It was a miracle that she was not badly hurt and the baby was unharmed.


As the frightened young woman ducked for cover, protecting her baby, the elderly couple jumped up and scrambled toward the other end of the car. They were terrified.


The big laborer aimed a wobbling kick at the retreating back of the old lady. "You old whore!" he bellowed, ‘I'll kick your ass!" He missed, as the old woman barely scuttled to safety. This so enraged the wretched drunk that


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