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Don't Just "Be Nice"

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Hi, welcome back to

your Daily Mindfulness.

In today's session, we're

going to discuss communication,

suppression, and being nice.

So have you ever heard the phrase,

if you don't have anything nice

to say don't say anything at all?

Well, while this is well intentioned,

if more context is not given this,

simple phrase can easily become a

recipe for emotional suppression,

poor communication skills, and

projecting our anger onto others.

It can cause us to believe that we

should only communicate if we have

something positive or nice to say.

And if we're feeling angry or resentful

that maybe we should just bite our tongue.

This though is not how deep

relationships are formed, which can

only happen by staying present through

the messiness of the relationship,

not trying to avoid the mess.

So here's my suggestion.

Instead of the original phrase, how

about if you don't have anything nice

to say, explore the underlying emotion

and instead of blaming the other person

for what you're experiencing, start by

simply telling them what your feeling.

This will help you stay in honest

conversation rather than buoying the

relationship with faux positivity.

Thank you for your practice and let's

settle in for today's meditation.

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