language of peace


Can Your Feelings Get Hurt?

Can Your Feelings Get Hurt?

A friend offers feedback about your forgetting to call her for her birthday; a lover breaks up with you; a colleague tells you the email you sent has too many typos; a family member expresses their anger at you.  All these interactions can lead to you saying “Ouch, that hurts my feelings!” I’ve heard that expression so many times and became very curious about whether...

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The Main Obstacle to Authentic Speech

The Main Obstacle to Authentic Speech

Oscar’s Wilde quote to “be oneself because everybody else is taken” invites us to show up authentically based on our individuality. The question that has haunted me for decades has been how to do this. Really, how do we communicate in a way that reflects who we truly are? I am writing this blog to address this question. When we want to speak authentically, we...

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How to Communicate Love Out Loud

How to Communicate Love Out Loud

I’ve heard many times from my teachers that one of the things that matters most at the end of our life is how deeply and sincerely we were able to love. The teaching about our ability to love has been imprinted in my heart since I was young. I vividly remember hearing my mother talking to my grandmother’s body at my grandmother’s wake asking her,...

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Quieting the Inner Interrogator

Quieting the Inner Interrogator

The beginning of the year found you contemplating new actions you want to take. You can feel a certain kind of electricity in your body when you consider the kind of experiences you can have if you take action. And in an instant, that sense of electricity gets dimmed. Your inner knowing is overpowered by a familiar inner voice I call the Inner Interrogator. Yes,...

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Compassionate Responses to Others’ Pain

Compassionate Responses to Others’ Pain

In the past few months, natural disasters have struck many parts of the world.  Hurricanes, mud slides, earthquakes, flooding and wild fires have wiped out entire communities.  Some lost loved ones, homes and dreams. Some lost everything. Whether you know people directly affected by these events or not, at some point in your life you will encounter someone who lived through some kind of tragedy...

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Reaching in, Speaking out, and Committing to Peace in the Face of Violence and Hatred

Reaching in, Speaking out, and Committing to Peace in the Face of Violence and Hatred

The violent events in Charlottesville last week affected me deeply. I felt heartbroken about the pain of polarization, racism, intolerance, and xenophobia that has haunted this country’s history and seems to be humanity’s sad and enduring legacy. I felt confused, angry and thirsty for solutions to heal this pain.   The tragedy of how racial beliefs override our ability to see each other first as...

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