Entries by possibilityspace

Listening Partnerships

To hear yourself think…it helps to have somebody listen! A Listening Partnership is not an ordinary conversation. It sets the stage for a special kind of listening. There are two roles: the Explorer, person who speaks. And there’s the Listener. After the Explorer’s turn, the Listener becomes the Explorer. But, at any one time, one person is either […]

Generating a Culture of Peace: an NVC and Focusing class for activists

Everyone is so inspired and encouraged by the Women’s March. How can we create new ways of acting in the world that directly address today’s political realities and at the same time reflect our deepest needs, goals and values? Marshall Rosenberg’s theory of Nonviolent Communication has a lot to offer as we learn how to […]

Thinking at the Edge for social and political activists

Everyone is so inspired and encouraged by the Women’s March. How can we create new ways of acting in the world that directly address today’s political realities and at the same time reflect our deepest goals and values? The old theories about how the world works don’t seem to hold water anymore.  Focusing and Thinking […]

Focusing by the river

Saturday, June 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spend the day on a peaceful bend in the Connecticut River, exploring how the “felt sense” of situations can help you reduce stress, think creatively, and connect to your inner compass. Facilitator Beatrice Blake, originally trained as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, has been a Certified Focusing […]

The felt sense is a wanting

“Don’t want too much,” the voices warned. No. Want. Want life. Want this fragile oasis of the galaxy to flourish. Want fertility, want seasons, want this spectacular array of creatures, this brilliant balance of need. Want it. Want it all. Desire. Welcome her raging power. May her strength course through us. Desire, she is life. […]

Creative thinking partnerships

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Serge Prengel of LifeSherpa.com. You can listen to the interview here. We were talking about the joys and difficulties inherent in forming creative thinking partnerships. This is the first part of the interview. Serge: We all are interested in thinking creatively, thinking outside the box, and […]

The tree with ears

I want to share with you the delightful spirit of the traditions of El Salvador in this piece by Salvadoran poet Eric Doradea, inspired by legends of the beautiful spreading guanacaste or conacaste tree with its ear-shaped seed pods. It graces the landscape and provides welcome shade in the dry Pacific regions of Central America. The […]

Happy Easter

Resurrection was always meant to be felt as a continuing NOW deep in the cells of our bodies, Where something so mundane As simply pausing to own our feelings, in a caring way, Could call forth, From an eternal and timeless presence, Such a PENETRATION of those cells, That our changing body ITSELF, would become […]

How to cultivate a white rose

 I am very moved by President Obama’s starting his speech in Cuba with the words “Cultivo una rosa blanca.” In that opening line, he established cultural recognition, respect, and the deep challenge of repairing relationships. The audience seemed totally with him in that moment, and responded with heart-felt applause. For my English-speaking friends who are […]

Nonviolent Communication as a doorway to Focusing

I find it useful to use Nonviolent Communication as a doorway to Focusing, especially in El Salvador, where people are not used to the idea of self empathy. NVC defines Jackal Language (naming, blaming, diagnosing, proving who is right and wrong, etc) as separate from Giraffe Language (describing an interaction without evaluating it, turning inward […]