Please join us on Wednesday October 19th at 5:30pm in the Dole Room for a workshop on mindfulness led by our own Andy Housiaux. “Learning to Listen: Mindfulness and Philosophy” aims to help participants become more empathetic listeners and more thoughtful discussion partners.
We have very few models for civil discourse in the media or popular culture: combative conversations seem far more common than engaged listening. With resources from Philosophy and mindfulness meditation, this workshop will give participants a chance to think through listening and communication skills for difficult conversations.
Socrates, the great philosopher of ancient Greece, was one of many thinkers who pointed to the distinction between dialogue that seeks mutual understanding and antagonistic debate that seeks only victory. What would it mean to engage our peers — and our fellow citizens — in conversations that strive for deeper understanding and empathy, as opposed to victory at any cost? With this philosophical framework in mind, we will turn to the resources of mindfulness meditation to help us better understand how to listen to others with attention and curiosity — and how to bring that same gentle curiosity to our own lives and experiences.
This event is open to all members of the Phillips Academy community. Staff, faculty, and students are encouraged to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Andy Housiaux at email@example.com.
Workshop: “Learning to Listen: Mindfulness & Philosophy”
When: Wednesday, October 19th, 5:30pm
Where: Dole Room, OWHL