Living Peacefully Blog

Happy Beloved New Year to YOU!

It is the first day of 2024 and I am filled with gratitude and awe. Yesterday, I celebrated my 9th year of hosting my annual New Year’s Peace Meditation. We had over 1,000 people register from many, many different countries and the meditation was interpreted into 4...

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Joy is Feeling Everything

Joy is Feeling Everything

It is the first day of December and it seems to me as if 2023 went by with a flash. I have felt deep despair about the growing division between people and the devastating impact it has had on human beings, all life in fact, including our planet. And, I have also...

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Mourning the Suffering in Our World

Less than 2 weeks ago from the time I’m writing this letter, Hamas militants crossed from Gaza into Israel and killed more than 1,300 people, most of them civilians. Israel then retaliated and killed over 3,000 Gazans, most of them civilians. The death rate continues...

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Happy Birthday, Marshall!

Happy Birthday, Marshall!

October always makes me think about Marshall Rosenberg, the founder of Nonviolent Communication. He was born October 6, 1934. If he were still alive today (he died February 7, 2015), he would be 89 years old! Marshall and his work changed my life trajectory and all my...

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Changing Seasons and Idealistic Visions

The season is changing. What have you done to nurture yourself these past several months? It has been summer in my part of the world and moving into fall.  Summers are a time for me to get caught up on my reading. I often have an idealistic vision of me sitting...

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Growth Happens

Growth Happens

I want to report that after writing last month’s Growing Roots letter, I did indeed employ my tried-and-true method of moving past inertia: First step time limits. In doing so, I made progress on planting my vegetable garden. Here is how I did it: I allowed one hour...

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First Step Time Limits to Support Forward Movement

First Step Time Limits to Support Forward Movement

Last year, I planted my vegetable garden in February. It was an enormous amount of work to get it ready. This year, we decided to move the garden farther away from trees (to avoid the ongoing tree root issue and allow more sun). So, we created 4 new beds. Now, they...

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Let’s Celebrate!

I am writing to you with CELEBRATION on my mind. The NVC Academy has launched its new and improved website!! If you have not checked it out yet, please do so now: https://nvcacademy.com. This renovation of our site has been a long time coming and took ample amounts of...

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I am not an angry person…

Recently, I have been pondering anger, how I express it and the jackal story I tell myself about it. Marshall Rosenberg taught that anger is a natural emotion that is based on a judgment of someone else or myself. I agree with this, so I have been doing some “enemy...

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Unexpected Sweetness

It is 5:30 in the morning. I am sitting in a medical facility waiting area for my wife, Kim, who has just gone in for a minor surgical procedure. I have only had a couple of hours of sleep and I can barely keep my eyes open. I am not very worried, but am a little...

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