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Deepening Relationships With Family
September 30, 2019  •  Article  • 

It's important to remember how to find joy in the things we love about our family and friends. Though we often associate communication skills with handling conflict (see

Five Steps for Maintaining Integrity and Compassion When They Don't Care How Their Actions Affect You OR Nonviolent Communication as a One-Way Street
June 1, 2019  •  Article  • 

Sam, a software engineer, came to me recently, seeking to learn about how Nonviolent Communication might help him respond to a workplace situation that had become intolerable.  Specifically, Sam's boss, Tom, was assigning more work than could be reasonably completed in a 50-hour week, not leaving enough time ...

The Necessity of Joy
February 28, 2019  •  Article  • 

I grew up on the east coast, whose gentle hills and particular blend of evergreen and deciduous trees still soothes me. On the weekends, we would drive about two hours north to the Hudson Valley of New York state, where ...

Learning How to Listen
January 25, 2019  •  Article  • 

Listening is a cornerstone of dialogue and a powerful metaphor for spiritual practice. When we’re willing and able to listen, we open a conduit that allows connection and understanding to happen.

There are so many ways to listen. We can listen to the content of what ...

Interdependence in Action: How to Change Agreements with Care
January 17, 2019  •  Article  • 

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In 2004, a few days into the first of four week-long retreats of a yearlong program I was co-leading, one participant, who I will call Barbara, informed the program leaders that she ...

Nonviolence: Commitment, Capacity, and Community
January 8, 2019  •  Article  • 

In the mid 1990s I went on a backpacking trip with a friend that turned into a relational nightmare. Reverberating from the intense conflict, we set aside time to reweave intimacy and understanding. At a certain point, she expressed what seemed almost like anger directed at me for not ...

What’s Love Got To Do With It?  A Thousand Ways to Say, “I Love You”
December 6, 2018  •  Article  • 

“I love you.”

Baby holding hand of adultAh, that warm and fuzzy feeling! I can see hear birds singing.  Little cupids with their bows ...

The Heavenly Woman
November 14, 2018  •  Article  • 

My poem below, The Heavenly Woman, is about the adventure men go through when reclaiming their feminine self and their inner Heavenly Woman (The Jungian Analyst and writer Robert Johnson separated the feminine into several aspects, The Heavenly Woman being one of them). Women face their ...

On Listening: Unlearning Old Habits to Build Stronger Relationships
November 10, 2018  •  Article  • 

I used to think that listening to someone was as simple as staying quiet while they talked. And frankly, I thought I was pretty good at it—I didn’t interrupt, friends opened up with me easily and I got along well with most people. Then something happened that ...

Your Inner Leader
November 1, 2018  •  Article  • 

When building successful relationships, it can be very helpful to see yourself as a collection of different inner parts that developed in your psyche due to your various life experiences. There are all kinds of inner parts: a child part, a critic part, a victim part, a monster, a ...

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