Did you ever wonder why Canada Geese have an inherent ability to work so well in a group? They communicate, have roles, and understand how to share V-formation responsibilities. What can we learn from these amazing birds? Tricia (original post July 2014)
Kindness is a virtue that I greatly value, and I take advantage of every teaching opportunity when I'm with my daughter. Wouldn't it just be amazing if the next generation wiped out war, gangs, or even the ridiculous girl drama. This is probably not realistic, however, we have to start somewhere! Above all, be kind to yourself and then it's much easier to be kind to others.
Tricia (original post 4/2013)
The funny thing about difficult conversations is that each time we avoid having them we deprive ourselves of the opportunity to master the skill of navigating difficult conversations. As I reflect upon past difficult conversations, I feel a deep sadness for the pain we endured within the situation we shared. At the same time I feel such joy for the conversation, our courage, our voices, our passion, and our integrity. We struggled to hold onto what was true to us, and we opened to support and understanding from each other. We didn't always agree. We weren't always clear. We couldn't always contain our frustration. We did, however, maintain respect for each other and the process. I truly believe that our conversations and relationships don't need to be a constant struggle. We navigate difficult conversations by dancing through the various stages together with compassion and understanding.
When many people think of listening, they imagine two or more people in direct conversation...some people talking and some listening (or not!). Hopefully, the tables turn at some point with the listeners becoming talkers and the talkers becoming listeners. What about a deeper level of listening? Consider the times when you have been in need of an answer to a burning question or specific information then within hours or days, it comes right to you in a conversation with a stranger or in an article you happen to pick up. Of course, it might not always be what you want to hear! Are you aware of these moments? If not, slow down and pay attention. Everything you need in the moment is right there waiting for you to notice and accept. Stay present, listen, and observe. If you are grounded, you'll also know what to do with it. Have fun!!
Tricia (original post 8/2014)
I'm sure you've all heard the saying "listen more than you talk." This is great advice...at times. Are you aware of HOW you listen? Are you aware of if/when you choose to interject? What body language are you displaying? Are you listening with your intuition "on" or "off?" So many things to consider. Experiment with your friends and family.
Tricia (original post Dec. 2013)