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Love and Rage

Love and Rage: the twin oaks that live and branch within me and have done so for five decades. Love that expresses itself with the transparency of a glass of fresh water. Rage that bubbles up like a volcano reemerging from its long, cold slumber. I’m grateful for the former and fearful of the latter, […]

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Non-Violent Communication (NVC): A Brief Overview

Non-Violent Communication (NVC) is a powerful tool for enhancing business and personal relationships. At a high-level, it involves the integration of four things: Consciousness: a set of principles that support living a life of compassion, collaboration, courage, and authenticity Language: understanding how words contribute to connection or distance Communication: knowing how to ask for what we […]

Hiding Behind Our Words?

Sometimes the phrases we casually toss around without fully thinking them through amuse me. An example is, “My spiritual life.” Popularly overheard uses: “I’m working on my spiritual life right now.” “I’m trying to have a stronger spiritual life.” “I don’t have time for my spiritual life right now.” “Too much Facebook interferes with my […]

Still Taking it Personally?

Today I was coaching a business leader who said she struggled in balancing passion for an idea, with the proper emotion to express while communicating the idea. As we talked and I asked probing questions, my thoughts circled around Don Miguel Ruiz’s “Four Agreements” (from a book of the same title) and Ruiz’s suggestion for […]