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.
Dialogue is the alchemical power that transforms mere talking into relational magic. It is the essential ingredient necessary to build and sustain all relationships — casual, formal, intimate, or distant. Embracing dialogue is about transcending the legacy of separation, scarcity, and powerlessness so we can enter the rich and rewarding experience that Martin Buber describes as “a conversation with an unknown outcome.” Overcoming fear, we can authentically express what is of the essence for us. Stretching empathically toward connection, we open to what someone else is trying to say.