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a peaceful sunday

I spent the better part of my morning at church, digging out weeds, composting and cleaning up. I asked my self, how does manual labor interweave with spirituality, where do the two stand side by side, or cross paths? For … Continue reading

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how personal growth is failing us

I am extremely stimulated when I see images, banners and statements like the one posted to the left. I’m deeply angry and hurt that people believe that all we need is personal growth and liberation to make the world a … Continue reading

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slow down, be vulnerable and listen carefully

Just recently, I returned from Guatemala were I was part of a team of trainers that lead a five day intensive residential retreat. The participants consisted of health workers that provide education and food supplements to indigenous communities that suffer … Continue reading

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a place for principles of nonviolence

When we empathize with the story, it brings relief… when we empathize with the need, it bring healing… when we integrate principles in our empathy, it brings transformation. -Miki Kashtan After eight years of practicing Nonviolent Communication, I have witness … Continue reading

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the elephant perspective

“A number of blind men came to an elephant. Somebody told them that it was an elephant. The blind men asked, ‘What is the elephant like?’ and they began to touch its body. One of them said: ‘It is like … Continue reading

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wisr: where learning is realized and nourished

I had an incredibly heart wrenching week that nearly pushed me over the edge. In some ways I went over the edge by diving deep into some past emotional bruising. I’m fortunate enough to be part of  a learning community that … Continue reading

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my first wisr conference

This was truly an amazing weekend! I never felt so deeply connected with a group of people in such short time. I just realized that I can remember everyones name and face. I also enjoyed the balance of heartfelt connections … Continue reading

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social change, critical awareness and nonviolent communication

About two or three years ago I was the information technology coordinator for Center for Nonviolent Communication. I had the great privilege to sit in on many board meetings with one of my hero’s, Dr. Marshall Rosenberg. I was able … Continue reading

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