emotions

The surprising truth: What compassionate communication is not

What others say and do may be the stimulus, but never the cause, of our feelings…our feelings result from how we choose to receive what others say and do, as well as from our particular needs and expectations in that moment. —Marshall Rosenberg Not long ago, a Facebook friend—one of those friends of a friend […]

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We all have the same basic needs

To observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence. ~ J. Krishnamurti Imagine, for a moment, a scene in which you had a difficult argument or conflict with someone. It could be one that has never been resolved and still flares up from time to time. It could be anything and anyone: a friend, […]

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Find your peace in 2012

How are you doing with your New Year resolutions? Did you make any? Quit smoking, get fit, spend more time with the family. Lose weight, get out of debt, quit drinking. Get more creative, be more productive, set better goals or no goals, do what you love, make X number of sales, win that promotion. […]

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Hurricane, the homeless, and heartfelt wishes

Imagine an asteroid or a meteor is heading toward the earth. Astronomers get the warnings out a week before it’s scheduled to hit. We’re told it will break up into little pieces as it hits the earth’s atmosphere, so it won’t be the end of the world. But there will be widespread destruction, devastation, injuries, […]

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Peaceful isn’t passive: 7 tips for speaking up

Sometimes, keeping our mouths shut only serves ourselves and our own fears. Silently watching someone jump off a cliff—or putting up with someone’s poor treatment of us or watching another get hurt without doing anything just isn’t useful much less compassionate. Whether we speak up or not and how is a choice. We might not […]

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