My mission is the world-wide spread of a process for having difficult conversations that creates empathic connection, compassion, and collaboration. I am co-creator of the Mediate Your Life (MYL) approach, which integrates the international work of Compassionate Communication/Nonviolent Communication (NVC, developed by Marshall Rosenberg) with mindfulness and a mediation framework. The MYL approach builds human connection across differences and divides through communication skills and mediation "maps" that give the ability navigate difficult conversations, conflicts, and breakdowns in collaboration.
Through training, coaching, and facilitation/mediation, the work creates an environment of psychological safety, trust, and cooperation in which people can more effectively tap collective intelligence, respond to challenges, and reach new possibilities and solutions.
Research on empathy, compassion, mindfulness, and positive psychology shows that these practices lead to increased mental, emotional, and physical well being and functioning, better relationships, and organizational benefits such as enhanced creativity, performance, productivity, and teamwork. I encourage you to learn as much as you can about this important and growing field. See the links below for more information.
Links to research and practices: The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford School of Medicine, Self-Compassion, Positive Psychology Center, Greater Good Science Center, The Center for HealthyMinds, The Center for Mindfulness, Emotional Intelligence — Daniel Goleman, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Brene Brown.
Within the adversities, challenges, and conflicts in our personal and work lives, there is an energy that can propel us to the next level of growth, fulfillment, and new possibilities. Creating the life, relationships, and work we want, and contributing to the world we envision, happens one conversation at a time.