Dialogue - silence LO10160

jack hirschfeld (jack@his.com)
Tue, 24 Sep 1996 23:44:35 -0400

Replying to LO10129 --

Michael Mc Master said:

>I have recently been using one of those clear "gongs" of oriental
>meditation origin which has a timer which rings the gong at regular
>I set this up by a bit of a story which positions the sound not as
>an end to something but as a "calling to awareness". The groundrule
>is that speaking stops at silence ensues for about 20 sconds. This
>introduces silence and reflection into meetings where that is considered
>appropriate without making a specific call for a specific purpose.
>It tends to increase silence and listening generally.

What an interesting practice! Please describe this process in a little
more detail-- for example, is it built into the meeting so that the gong
goes off at regular intervals regardless of the ongoing conversation?
Does another beat of the gong signal the end of 20 seconds? Have
participants ever requested the gong at meetings that you did not plan to
use it?


Jack Hirschfeld Doesn't anybody stay in one place anymore? jack@his.com

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