About the Book


In a world of iPhones and connectivity to social media and email, we are all in constant connection with one another. Then why are so many people feeling burned out, distant from colleagues, and abandoned by family and friends? In this new book from the bestselling author of Running with the Mind of Meditation, the Sakyong uses the basic principles of the Shambhala tradition—meditation and a sincere belief in the inherent wisdom, compassion, and courage of all beings—to help readers to listen and speak more mindfully with loved ones, co-workers, strangers, and even ourselves.

He highlights the importance of good conversation in these challenging times—exploring how we can awaken to our lives through the simple act of conversing with others. Through mindfully engaging in the relationships in our lives, we can find personal fulfillment.

The book’s underlying message is that our world is in dire need of kindness and compassion. Simply by shifting the focus of our life away from our own agenda, we can connect with others and the greater world.




Praise for the Book

"This wise and informative guide lays out a path towards genuine human connection and community in difficult times."
— Publishers Weekly review

"In the age of social media, with the absurd amounts of distraction and my own increasing lack of attention span, this book is teaching me to be human again.”
— Sarah Polley, director, actor and activist, The Globe and Mail

“This book is for anyone who wants practical tips on how to be more present in their daily lives.” 
— Lion’s Roar magazine

“Conversation is important at this time of deep, deep divisions not only in the United States but around the planet.”

— Dan Harris, ABC News anchor and author/host of 10% Happier

"We’re all inundated with one-way noise all day long: on our phones, tablets, computers, and on TV. It’s no wonder we’re not great listeners. Here’s a practical guide from a Buddhist leader to help you connect authentically and mindfully every day with family, coworkers, and even strangers."
 — Books for Better Living, "Top 8 Wellness Books for Fall"