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The power of positive dialogue

April 30, 20231 min read

Last week has been a week of courageous, open-hearted conversations for me. Funny enough it was also the theme of our Buddhist discussion meeting last Thursday.

One of the attendees shared the following quote by the Buddhist scholar and philosopher Daisaku Ikeda, which I feel is capturing beautifully a spirit that can nurture peace.

“Dialogue is not some simplistic assertion of one's own position, nor is it necessarily about persuading others to one's point of view. Dialogue is about demostrating respect for another's life, and being determined to learn when confronted with differences in personality and perspective.”

Real dialogue requires openness. I remember Steven Drost from CodeBase saying “Strong beliefs loosely held”. It’s super relevant in any process of change that is based on collaboration and mutual understanding.

Personally I noticed that real, open-hearted dialogue that is based on mutual listening requires a strong sense of self and a deep level of comfort with all one’s perceived imperfections. It’s a real adventure as I don’t know what the outcome will be. This uncertainty can make it scary at times for my egoic part which feels that I need to know the answers, be right and control the conversation.

There’s wonderful freedom in genuine dialogue when I’m open to being changed through the conversation. The reward for these small acts of courage are deeper, more trusting connections with the people around me and to myself.

How can you show up in dialogue more courageously?

Bio-inspired renewable energy engineer | Design Thinker and bio-feedback enthusiast for flow, self-actualisation and peak experiences

Tobias Hofmeister

Bio-inspired renewable energy engineer | Design Thinker and bio-feedback enthusiast for flow, self-actualisation and peak experiences

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I am a certified HRV and peak experience coach. I use bio-feedback technology, in particular heart rate variability (HRV), to enable people to find their flow states, regain health and live peak experience lives. A background in sustainable energy engineering coupled with a passion for spiritual modalities and energy in a broader context has led me to an approach that merges cognitive understanding with embodied experiences. I practices Buddhism and have presented my research globally, among others at MIT in Boston and the DRS conference on Future-focussed thinking.

When I look at the world I see unique connections between people, places and ideas. To me the world is an interconnected, holistic system - the oneness of self and environment.

Over the years and have met thousands of people in heart to heart dialogues when travelling over 50 countries, earning degrees from four universities, publishing a dozen academic papers, presenting my research at international conferences and working for world leading sustainability and digital research organisations.

I have been a contributor to House of Beautiful Business, Mindvalley, Evercoach and other initiatives cultivating new ways of working, fostering entrepreneurial mindsets and creating work cultures and environments that celebrate the whole human being. I view business as a vehicle for self-actualisation and believe that when done from a place of love and compassion that it holds the potential for healing our world.

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