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books, teachers, websites and trainings
Here is a selection of many of the teachers, modalities, and frameworks that I draw from and integrate into my work.
There’s a wealthy of helpful material out there, so I am only listing a few that I have personally used and been trained in.
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There are so many excellent people in this space that I can’t possibly do justice to the long list. That said, here are a few core people for me:
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NVC is a foundational, grounding philosophy in all my work. I highly recommend that people study this transformative process with experienced trainers and with their local communities. You can learn more about NVC here:
The Center for Nonviolent Communication
Body-Based Therapies & Trauma Healing
If you have trouble getting “into” your body, you might want to explore a variety of body-based therapies to help you reconnect to your embodied self. Since we often “jump out” of our bodies as a result of trauma, many of these modalities focus on healing trauma. Here are some places to start exploring:
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) practice
The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
The Body Never Lies by Alice Miller
Waking the Tiger by Peter Levine
Integral Theory & Spiral Dynamics
I am a huge fan of all things Integral Theory and often find myself circling back to Integral Theory to orient myself and my work. One of my favorite parts of Integral theory is the assumption that “everything fits,” and one my favorite teachers in this space is Diane Hamilton. If you want to journey down this rabbit hole, here are some gateways:
Podcasts, Radio Shows and Interviews
From radio to podcasts, we’re often talking about the essence of my approach, weaving together nonviolent communication with other healing modalities to cultivate a conscious, compassionate, and courageous way of being in the world and in relationship.
On Anger – March 23, 2018
For Minnesota Public Radio with healer Resmaa Menakem and host Marianne Combs, I talk about anger – what it is, where it comes from, when it can be used for good, and why some people are judged more harshly for showing it.
On Purging the Negative and Unnecessary – December 26, 2018
Again on Minnesota Public Radio with host Angela Davis, I talk about the idea of purging negative people and unnecessary things, featuring Christine Daves, organizer at Think Organized, and Stephanie Silvers, Executive Director of Dress for Success.
On the Power of Loving Relationships – July 14, 2020
As a guest on the podcast #LITA – Love Is the Answer with Jeff Conner, I talk about “what’s love got to do with it,” exploring the question of how we live together in loving and peaceful ways.
On Control vs. Connection – March 15, 2021
On the podcast Compassion Talk with Max Haywood, we differentiate control v.s. connection, look towards the needed inner work for Nonviolent Communication, and strategize ways of reclaiming parts of us that we have pushed away.
On Parenting Nonviolently – January 28, 2021
On the podcast Authentic Parenting with Anna Seewald, I talk about various aspects of the internal work of nonviolence and compassion that supports meaningful shifts in our relationships, including how we parent.
On Collaborative Communication – April 30, 2021
For the radio show PARTNER UP! with Amy Carroll, I talked about the essentials for creating opportunities for compassionate, conscious conversation and collaboration. If you’re new to my work, this would be a great introduction.
On Compassionate Communication – June 16, 2021
For the podcast The Mindful Midlife Crisis Podcast, I talked about communications styles and how being a more compassionate communicator can lead to deeper, more meaningful relationships.
On Finding Meaning and Purpose – October 13, 2021
For the podcast The Mindful Midlife Crisis Podcast, I have a casual conversation with hosts Billy and Brian about the difference between being a journeyer and explorer, getting back to loving ourselves more, living out loud, and dancing more.
On How to Ask for What You Need – February 15, 2022
For the podcast Authentic Parenting with Anna Seewald, I talked about how to ask for what you need from your partner skillfully, mindfully and compassionately.
On the Foundation of Your Well-Being – March 14, 2022
For the podcast Well Beings with Tyler White, our conversation, though intended for healthcare workers, was much more broad, diving into the role compassionate communication can play in all the roles we might play in our lives.