What is it like to be listened to with openness and curiosity? What is it like to connect to yourself with openness and curiosity?
The Connecting with Curiosity workshop provides participants with an experience of self-awareness, as well as giving and receiving non-judgmental communication.
- A grounding exercise to slow down and reconnect to ourselves.
- A pair communication exercise, where each partner connected to their own feelings and what the other person was expressing in a non-judgmental way.
A reflection period with a brief discussion for sharing experiences.
- The slow pace of the workshop helped to foster a feeling of being relaxed.
- With a slower conversation, a deeper connection could be established.
- Noticing that the mind is wandering.
- A contrast between how one could feel physically relaxed, but feel mentally less relaxed when connecting in this new way.
- While listening, one participant felt the need to respond, using the typical affirmative “I hear you” socially accepted gestures, such as nodding.
- While speaking, one participant felt nervous as they thought that they should always have something to say.
I am grateful for the participants sharing their experiences. Due to time constraints there was a very limited time to discuss the experience. If you would like share your experience, you are welcome to write in the comments, in Slack (accessible to UXSG attendees only), or email Ming.
If this workshop has piqued your interest to look further into self-awareness, different ways of communicating and working with feelings, here are some additional topics that you might like to explore.
Thank you to all the attendees for creating this space, thereby making this experience possible. If you have questions, feel free to contact Ming via ming4 AT amisox.com.