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When Belief Systems Collide

When Belief Systems Collide

You know that moment when you discover that your and another person's belief systems collide? Navigating conversations when you encounter conflicting worldviews can be challenging but also enriching if approached with an open-minded, soft heart.  Learning how to stay...

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How to Listen Without Getting Defensive

How to Listen Without Getting Defensive

It’s rarely our first instinct to listen without getting defensive.  Defensiveness is a natural response designed to protect us in situations where we may be concerned for our safety.  However, when we become defensive, we close ourselves off to our hearts.  We become unable to access the vulnerable part of us that can actually shift and de-escalate conflict.  Additionally, we become cut off from valuable insights and perspectives from others, ultimately sabotaging effective communication and connection. The key to stepping out of our heavily reinforced habit of defending ourselves in conflict lies in focusing on two internal resources:  our intention and our attention.

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