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The Full Circle Dialogue experience for the yoga community, Yoga Circles, is really all about bringing a sense of being into doing. In the yoga community, some of the most common intrinsic goals of practicing yoga are to be more mindful, be more compassionate, and be more aware of the inherent connection between us all. Once off the mat and out of the studio, and into the bustling cities we live in, it can be easy to lose sight of those things. By sitting in a circle with fellow yogis on the same path, and engaging in authentic dialogue, one can actually practice those qualities with others. We live in a fast paced world where we are constantly doing and interacting with others. The Yoga Circles experience is a practice of bringing some of those “yoga-centric” qualities of being into those very interactions of doing, all while building community at the same time.
The Full Circle Dialogue experience for older adults and life-long learners are designed to provide engaging, thought-provoking, and lively dialogue in which all participants’ perspectives are included and respected. Participants connect in interesting and new ways as they examine their opinions and ideas. They frame current issues within their own life experiences, teaching each other as they continue to learn about themselves. Using culturally and historically significant texts as a vehicle, all participants practice mindfulness, compassion, and their awareness of the inherent connection between us all.
Bringing the essence and art of dialogue to a panel discussion at your organization's next conference or event is a powerful experience for all involved. Have you ever been to a panel discussion that was dry, inauthentic, 'overly scripted', and made you fall asleep? Well, you’re not alone, and those very experiences were part of what inspired the Full Circle Dialogue offering for panel moderation. Kevin Graybill, Founder and Director of Full Circle Dialogue, brings the organic and stimulating nature of dialogue to panel discussions via Socratic questioning strategies, deep listening, authenticity, humility, audience engagement, and pre-panel “container building” with panelists.
Businesses and Organizations
A sustained practice of dialogue in the workplace can result in powerful cultural shifts that renew organizations with the vitality needed to yield creative solutions for the exponentially complex issues to come in the future. Most of the top reasons that teams, departments, and organizations as a whole don’t live up to their full potential are caused by lackluster communication, or a total lack of communication. Some of the most systemically detrimental issues caused by these communication breakdowns are the following: Lack of trust in the workplace, scarcity of creative solutions, and an overall absence of shared vision, or feeling of belonging to something greater than oneself. The slower pace and nature of dialogue opens up space for more creative solutions, and also ensure that all employees are heard, understood, and valued, resulting in restored trust and a widespread sense of inclusion. This is done through shifting attention from improving the “parts” of an organization, to improving the relationships between the parts.
A Deeper Dive into the Philosophy
For thousands of years our ancestors have been gathering around the fire in a circle to have authentic conversations. Though we all know what it feels like to have a meaningful conversation, it doesn’t occur as often as we’d like, and when it does, we’re not exactly sure how to replicate it. With the expanding reliance on technology to connect, the art of true dialogue is quickly fading away. The lines between social media and genuine communication are becoming more and more blurry. The time is ripe to tap back into our inherent ability to connect, and to reap the extraordinary benefits that these unique conversations can offer to individuals, relationships, and entire communities.
Genuine dialogue strategies like Socratic Seminar help to develop mindfulness, compassion, and the capacity to see ourselves, and others, as part of a greater whole. Socratic Seminar is the core practice used at Full Circle dialogue, with the ultimate aspiration being the development of a richer sense of community, belonging, and interdependence through, literally and figuratively, changing the words in community culture from I, me, and you; to we, our, and us. Sitting in circles and engaging in authentic conversations is the perfect vehicle to accomplish this.
Sitting this way and having genuine conversations is something most people assume only occurs with groups who have already established a rich sense of community. The philosophy at Full Circle Dialogue is that this order can, and should, actually be reversed in most cases. That community, belonging, and interdependence can actually occur as a result of sharing space with one another in a circle and engaging in authentic dialogue to begin with.
Author Thomas Hartmann said, and many scientists agree, “The basis of human nature is cooperation and democracy, it’s in our DNA.” True dialogue is about cooperation, and is vastly different from the conversational practices of “debate” and “discussion.” Though the latter both deserve equal merit, and are effective in certain settings, their inherent goal is to separate and fragment. When breaking down the root words of dialogue, it translates to “the flow of meaning.” The root words of debate translate to, “to beat down,” and discussion, coming from the same root words as percussion and concussion, translates to “to break apart.” The goal at Full Circle Dialogue is to facilitate conversation that gives those participating the tools to see through a lens of “wholeness” or “oneness” within their community, and to tap into the instinct of cooperation that comes naturally for all human beings.
Learn to be more mindful through being present in every moment of conversation, increase your capacity for compassion through patient listening, and quickly observe the feelings of interconnectedness and community that results from doing these very things. Come sit around the “fire of dialogue,” whether is it to simply listen, speak your authentic voice, or offer a unique perspective; either way, it wouldn’t be complete without you.