I just finished reading The Art of Communicating by Thich Nhat Hanh a few days ago. Thich Nhat Hanh is a buddhist monk who has written countless books on spirituality and growth.
I was taken by his interview with Oprah Winfrey which you can see at the bottom of the interview. I’ve also included it in our documentaries section which you can find by clicking here.
I had heard about Thich Nhat Hanh many years ago but never dove into his work until I watched the interview with Oprah. There was a calm sense of compassion, engagement and grounding that I noticed in this interview.
You don’t see that much in the way that most people communicate today. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve spoken with people and noticed their eyes looking over my head or looking down on their phone. I would also notice how quickly they would start talking to somebody else if a person came up and interrupted our conversation.
I’d also note how fast they spoke, if they cut me off when I spoke and generally notice the engagement a person would have with me during a conversation.
I’m noticing more and more people are less and less engaged during communication. Communication is a sacred act. It’s the one time in this one unique circumstance that I can share with another human being what’s in my heart, and they can share with me what’s in their heart.
We share emotion and perspective.
To treat communication so cavalierly is causing disconnection between us. Communication is so important I wrote an entire article about it some time ago which you can read by clicking here.
We could eliminate so much suffering in the world if we were to communicate clearly and openly with compassion and grace. There are degrees in college called “Communications” but it’s a far cry from what communication really is.
This book is a fast read, it’s written very well and what I like about it is that it’s simple and applicable. I really liked The Art of Communicating and I think Thich Nhat Hanh did a great job with this one and I’m excited now to read his other books.
If you’ve read The Art of Communicating I’d love to hear what you think of it below.