Stepping off the Line into Freedom and Interdependence, Part 2: How

Stepping off the Line into Freedom and Interdependence, Part 2: How
May 15 / 2018

In my last blog post, I introduced the idea of stepping off the line we all live on, where most of us are constantly trying to get ahead, and described the value I see in aiming to step off the line and what we can gain by doing it: reclaiming …

Stepping off the Line into Freedom and Interdependence, Part One: Why

Stepping off the Line into Freedom and Interdependence, Part One: Why
April 27 / 2018

One of the potent images of our modern, competitive era is that of a long line we are all trying to get ahead in. Our spot in the line determines our access to resources to sustain our bodies, souls, and families. On a recent Facing Privilege call, one caller I …

Stepping into Leadership: the Magic of Self-Acceptance

Stepping into Leadership: the Magic of Self-Acceptance
March 17 / 2018

A Hassidic story tells of a rabbi Zusha who summons his students on his deathbed and tells them that when he gets to the other side, he won’t be judged for not being a good Moses; he will only be judged for not being a good Zusha.

This story captures, …

Transcending Barriers while Life Meets Death

Transcending Barriers while Life Meets Death
February 21 / 2018

In this time, so full of pain and challenge, I was unexpectedly nourished by an email I received from someone who is consciously, purposefully trying to live applied NVC and Conflict Transformation in work and life, currently doing it in Eastern Sri Lanka. I am sharing an abridged version of …

#MeToo and Liberation for All

#MeToo and Liberation for All
January 22 / 2018

“I want to kiss you all over your smile.”

The poetic beauty struck me even while my entire body was contracting. The man speaking was drunk. I had asked him several times to stop calling me, at least not so late. He was married, with four children, 20 years my …

Life, Interdependence, 
and the Pursuit of Meeting Needs

Life, Interdependence, 
and the Pursuit of Meeting Needs
December 19 / 2017

“Life is arranged to care for all that lives through an endless interdependent flow of energy and resources.”

After years of thinking, reading, writing, talking, teaching, feeling, and communing, that simple sentence came to me in a session I was leading about money at a nine-day intensive training in Chile. …

Nonviolence in the Face of Hatred

Nonviolence in the Face of Hatred
November 17 / 2017

Anita was present at almost every one of the 34-sessions of my online course Responding to the Call of Our Times. I have sometimes wondered what this course would have been like without her steady willingness to explore the depths of nonviolence. I was counting on it as a thread …

Moving from Fault to Cause: Looking for Systemic Solutions to White Supremacy

Moving from Fault to Cause: Looking for Systemic Solutions to White Supremacy
September 15 / 2017

Downtown Charlottesville, by Bob Mical

The recent events in Charlottesville have brought even more attention and public conversation to the growing phenomenon of visible, explicit calls for white supremacy. Much of what I have since read and heard is horror and disgust at what has happened, and an intense inquiry …

Why Patriarchy Is Not about Men

Why Patriarchy Is Not about Men
August 5 / 2017

In response to my recent newsletter, which I named “Tenderness, Vulnerability, and Mourning as a Response to Patriarchy”, I received two comments from men that led me to choose to write this piece. In two very different ways they pointed me to the reality that the word patriarchy is used …

Addendum to Privilege, Responsibility, and Nonviolence

July 20 / 2017

After posting my recent post, I received a comment that completely surprised me, in which I was challenged about what I thought was the opposite of what I said. Given what was written in the comment, I believe it was a person of color writing it. Given my overall commitments, …