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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Mindful Speech

I am preparing for my sermon on the Letter of James. Chapter 3.

How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! And the tongue is a fire.

I found this by Thich Nhat Hanh in his book, Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames.


The Fourth Mindfulness Training:
Deep Listening and Loving Speech
Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful speech and the inability to listen to others, I vow to cultivate loving speech and deep listening in order to bring joy and happiness to others and relieve others of their suffering. Knowing that words can create happiness or suffering, I vow to learn to speak truthfully with words that inspire self-confidence, joy, and hope. I am determined not to spread news that I do not know to be certain and not to criticize or condemn things of which I am not sure. I will refrain from uttering words that can cause division or discord, or that can cause the family to the community to break. I will make all efforts to reconcile and resolve all conflicts, however small. (p. 211)

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