Miki Kashtan, PhD,
co-founded Bay Area Nonviolent Communication. She shares the principles and practices of Nonviolent Communication through mediation, meeting facilitation, coaching, consulting, and trainings. She writes a weekly blog (www.baynvc.blogspot.com) and her articles have appeared in Tikkun magazine and elsewhere.
Imagine sweet, open dialogue in all your relationships. Imagine full compassion for yourself, accepting your humanity in moments of challenge. Imagine the freedom to choose, in every moment, how you want to meet life. Imagine the power of responding empathically to those around you. When asked how to create peace, the Dalai Lama once responded, “start at home.” Through the practice of living in dialogue at home, where the stakes are often very high, we can expand outward and become messengers of hope, courage, and empathy everywhere we go.