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Oren Jay Sofer, SEP

Oren Jay Sofer teaches meditation, mindfulness and Nonviolent Communication nationally. He holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University and is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner for the healing of trauma. Oren is also the author of Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication, and co-author of Teaching Mindfulness to Empower Adolescents. He is a co-founder of Mindful Healthcare and the founder of Next Step Dharma, an innovative online program that helps meditators integrate their retreat experiences into daily life.

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April 20, 2018 - The Role of Presence in Communication

The foundation for how we bring communication skills into our conversations in any context is presence. What is presence? I define presence as embodied awareness. Presence is a synonym for mindfulness, but when we hear that word “mindfulness,” most of us think about paying attention in a cognitive way, because of the word “mind.” I’m paying attention, watching, looking—there’s some separation. It’s a little cold, maybe disconnected. That’s not mindfulness. Mindfulness is about intimacy with experience. It’s a deeply embodied awareness and knowing of life in a very direct way.

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