The Art of Communicating by Thich Nhat Hanh

The Art of Communicating

Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, bestselling author of Peace is Every Step and one of the most respected and celebrated religious leaders in the world, delivers a powerful path to happiness through mastering life's most important skill.How do we say what we mean in a way that the other person can really hear?How can we listen with compassion and understanding?Communication fuels the ties that bind, whether in relationships, business, or everyday inter...

Details The Art of Communicating

TitleThe Art of Communicating
Release DateAug 13th, 2013
GenreNonfiction, Religion, Buddhism, Spirituality, Self Help, Psychology

Reviews The Art of Communicating

  • Tony Jr.
    Although I probably won't read this book in its entirety again, I did find value in it. The first few chapters drilled home the idea that I need to communicate ( write, speak, listen) to others out of complete compassion and understanding. It also taught that when I communicate the ultimate goal is to cause the receiver of my communication to experience less suffering, which to me, is a brilliant way of filtering all my communication with others ...
  • Lauren
    This is one I'll read again and again: developing, growing, and practicing. A beautiful book on conflict resolution, sharing love and compassion, and learning to ask for help.I especially enjoyed the six mantras:- I am here for you.- I know you are there, and I am very happy.- I know you suffer, and that's why I am here for you.- I suffer. Please help.- This is a happy moment.- You are partly right.
  • Taymara Jagmohan
    Excellent! These are not theories written for the wealth of the acquainted population. It taught me a lot!I loved the six mantras.- I am here for you.- I know you are there, and I am very happy.- I know you suffer, and that's why I am here for you.-I suffer. Please help.-This is a happy moment.- You are partly right. Aren't these beautiful? Despite being general, they are entirely relatable. :)I loved it Thich. You are beautiful. :)
  • Hákon Gunnarsson
    This is the first book by Thich Nhat Hanh that I read, and I think it is interesting. It is, as one might guess from the title, about the way we communicate with others, and what he has to say about it makes a lot of sense. A man that is very hostile in the way he speaks to others is likely to get the same in return, and vice versa. I think the author is right that we really should try to communicate positively rather than negatively. Call me a t...
  • Rainey
    Most of this, including the first 80% of this writing, should be read by everyone once a year. Hanh, as always, reminds us to consider others before expressing ourselves, to consider that just as you are upset or suffering, others are upset or suffering. This should also be part of a Relationships 101 for anyone looking to live together- be it friends, family, or SOs.
  • Katrina Sark
    p.4-5 – The energy of mindfulness is a necessary ingredient in healthy communication. Mindfulness requires letting go of judgment, returning to an awareness of the breath and the body, and bringing your full attention to what is in you and around you. This helps you notice whether the thought you just produced is healthy or unhealthy, compassionate or unkind.p.5 – You absorb the thoughts, speech, and actions you produce and those contained in...
  • Vaishali
    One of the most important books I've read. Reaches right into how powerful the Hindu-Buddhist recognition of karma is. Our every thought --each one -- is forever released as craft or ruin into the universe. Forever! Repairable, but non-retractable. Notes :———————————————“Toxic conversation can be difficult to avoid, especially at work… You have to have enough mindful awareness not to absorb all these kinds of suf...
  • Ivan
    "Želim razumjeti tvoje teškoće i tvoju patnju.Želim te saslušati jer te želim voljeti."Hvala Tićo <3
  • Tanvika
    Technology has given us various ways to be connected 24/7. Still it has been unable to eradicate the sense of loneliness and despair. We talk too much, listen very little. There is little understanding and compassion in our speech. This manifests itself in family conflicts and even wars.For better communication thich offers effective solutions. He suggests deep listening where we listen so that others suffer less. We just listen to understand wit...
  • Diana Bogan
    For myself I thought the book was ok. I was hoping for greater insight, hoping to go somehow deeper than what the book offered. I found that a lot of what was mentioned in the book aligns with the way in which I already try to communicate, therefore in terms of finding ways for myself to become more skillful I didn't feel I necessarily got what I went looking for, however, instead I did find a few things I wasn't expecting.My unexpected finds inc...
  • Katie
    This is a short, simple, spiritually-sound book based on mindfulness, breath, intention, communication, and compassion. I've read several books on Buddhist philosophy (though these concepts apply to all faiths because they are based on love,) and I always find myself referring to their wisdom. Thich Nhat Hanh thinks directly. He repeats ideas, sometimes, which I find helpful because he reinforces his teachings. He will say, for example, "go to yo...
  • Nadine Jones
    Mindfulness requires letting go of judgment, returning to an awareness of the breath and the body, and bringing your full attention to what is in you and around you. I feel like mindfulness is that golden ring on the carousel of life, and I can never quite reach it. Sometimes I'm not even sure if I want to reach it! But most of the time I'm sure that practicing mindfulness will enhance my life. I'm not very good at it. I'm full of judgment, and I...
  • Ying Ying
    As with Thich Nhat Hanh's other books, reading "The Art of Communicating" feels like meditating. This book is a guide to deep listening and loving speech.
  • David
    Thich Nhat Hanh has written an excellent guide to understanding and practicing what he has dubbed The Art of Communicating. We all benefit from his effort, and I am grateful for the chance to give this a read.The book begins by discussing the concept of absorbing thoughts, speech, and actions we produce ourselves in addition to karmic actions contained in the communications of those around us. Hanh moves on to address ways to effectively and hone...
  • Jared
    I loved this book. What wonderful thoughts on how to make a peaceful life, marriage, family, friends and community. I would recommend it for everyone to read. It talks of eternal relationships and how we are all apart of each others happiness.
  • Izabela
    Especially for today, but actually for ever and always. Gentle reminder of the most important issues in communicating with oneself and Other. Especially with Oneself...
  • Alison Russell
    Great read on healthy communication that relieves suffering from one another and creates peace
  • Stephen
    Your communication in thought, word, and action is food that nourishes others. Be it good or bad. And theirs of course nourishes you. This valuable concept comes early and is the gift of this book. “Nothing can survive without food. Everything we consume acts either to heal us or to poison us. We tend to think of nourishment only as what we take in through our mouths, but what we consume with our eyes, our ears, our noses, our tongues, and our ...
  • Jim Talbott
    ExcellentI find reading Thich Nhat Hahn to be just as listening to him talk. It is very calming and pleasant and gives me a sense that I can change my life for the better. I have a feeling that I will be returning to this book numerous times to drink from its wisdom and calm.
  • Mehrdad Savar
    اولین قدم برای ارتباط مؤثر با دنیای بیرون، شناختن و ارتباط با دنیای درون خودمان است. کتاب مفاهیم زیبایی در این راستا ارائه میکند تا روابط بهتری داشته باشیم. البته اکثر راهکارها بسیار واضح و ساده بودند و کتاب مطلب خاص و جدیدی نداشت. اما توجه به همین ک...
  • Wesley Jackson
    Precise, clear, very help. "I am suffering, please help." "I know you suffer, that's why I'm here." Blah blah blah. "This moment with you is a happy moment." Blah blah blah. I read this in the back of my car on a forest service road at night.
  • Mindy Kannon
    What an incredibly insightful book. I have really gained a lot of knowledge as well as ways to communicate in difficult situations from reading this book. It all starts with me!
  • Mairead
    Well, that was incredible.Especially notable takeaways:* deep listening and right speech * the fifth mantra: "this is a happy moment"* "You use the sixth mantra when someone praises or criticizes you. You can use it equally well in both cases. The sixth mantra is: “You are partly right.”"* "“Elizabeth,” the sister said, “you just bumped into his sensitivity.”"* "are you sure your perception is right?"* drink your tea!* peace treaty an...
  • Rosemarie
    I've seen Thich Nhat Hanh interviewed on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday and thought I've give his book a try. This book is very simple and to the point. All of what he says about making the goal of all your communication to help the other person suffer less is true. I guess I was just hoping for more - something to help me to better do that. Of course we only control ourselves - we cannot control the other person, and I find that often the other perso...
  • Iva
    Prekrasna knjiga o komuniciranju u obitelji, u vezi, na poslu smirujuca poucna i blagotvorna posebno bih ju preporucila ljudima koji se bave odnosima s javnoscu ili jednostavno svakodnevno komuniciraju s velikim brojem ljudi. Meni je svakako pomogla da osvijestim kako bih mogla komunicirati kvalitetnije. Vratit cu joj se sigurno!Meni najljepsi citat i poanta cijele knjige:"Kao što stablo naranče može roditi lijepim listovima, cvietovima i plod...
  • ♥ Ibrahim ♥
    With iPhones, Internet, complexities of modern living, we all have challenges to keep communication meaningful, and the best way to do it is by taking it all back to mindfulness. Such is a subject that Thich unceasingly talks about but you can never get bored with. Well, what I love is how simple and yet how deep his thoughts are. I begin to read, make my personal notes and I am inspired with things I didn't think of before that are not even writ...
  • Brooklynn Johnson
    Tich Naht Hanh has a very simple, straightforward, and applicable way of laying out methods for managing issues with anxiety, depression, and struggling relationships. He pointed out so many theoretical scenarios that I see in my own experiences, and helped me to see what I'm going through and how I have the power to change. Mindfulness and compassion were two of the most important themes he pointed out in contributing to successful communication...
  • Jason
    Audiobook. Very enjoyable and calming to listen to, and there were some parts that were applicable to the situation I immediately find myself in. I found the "I suffer. Please help." mantra was a very powerful tool for transforming anger to the hurt underneath it.There were some excellent tools like the cake in the refrigerator, peace treaty, and the art of mindfully drinking tea.“But a lot of our thinking is caught up in dwelling on the past, ...
  • Allie
    Hanh's teachings are more self-help than anything, which makes them very accessible to an American audience. This is a very short, easy to read book that focuses on mindfulness meditation. It has some nice ideas that it relates clearly, but after studying Buddhism for a few years, there wasn't anything here that blew my mind.