Living Peacefully Blog

Supporting Hearts that Hurt

Welcome to the first day of August. I am acutely aware of how much our lives have changed since August 2019 – or even just since January 2020! In the USA, my home state of California has taken a huge step backward as we try to curb the upward spiral of COVID-19 cases;...

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What Do You Value?

Years ago, Marshall Rosenberg said, “Anger can be a wonderful wake up call to help you understand what you need and what you value.” I have been sitting with this phrase during these devastating months of 2020, pondering what it is that each of us needs and values,...

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Looking for the Blessings

As I write this, I am looking out my office window into my new yard and garden. A garden that was planted by parents of a friend of ours. Yesterday I ate the first tomato that they had so lovingly planted and nurtured. The birds are singing and I see many butterflies...

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Radical Acceptance: Not Minding What Happens

Radical Acceptance: Not Minding What Happens

Whoosh! That’s how the effects of Covid-19 feel to me right now. I am in the midst of a flurry of activity: canceling in-person courses and retreats while simultaneously helping NVC trainers from across the world to expand their online training – all in an effort to...

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Self-Empathy: Healing from the Inside Out

Developing a consistent Self-empathy practice is the single most healing thing I’ve ever done for myself. It has allowed me to heal old, negative beliefs that used to sabotage my ability to enjoy intimate and loving relationships, and to uncover and express the...

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Losses and Celebrations

A week or so ago, I traveled to Flagstaff, Arizona, USA – where I had lived for over 20 years – to participate in the final memorial service of my dear friend, Jenny. Three of her beloved friends and I went to her favorite place to hike in Flagstaff. We brought...

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Witches and Goblins Need Compassion Too!

Last week our NVC Academy Team was meeting, and I asked if anyone had any ideas for a topic for our October issue of Growing Roots. Fellow co-founder of the NVC Academy, Mark Schultz, said: “Witches and goblins need compassion too!” We all chuckled. And yet it is the...

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