Is there a gap between your deepest intentions and how you actually live? Imagine instead, making choices based on what’s most important and meaningful to you despite fear of consequences – even in the face of inner or outer pressure. Imagine the freedom to ask for what you want and offer what you have without fear of rejection or ridicule. Cultivating sustained mindfulness of our values and a direct awareness of our capacity for choice can support this kind of fearless living in line with our heart’s root intentions.
Miki Kashtan is Lead Collaboration Consultant at the Center for Efficient Collaboration and a co-founder of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication (BayNVC). Miki aims to support visionary leadership and shape a livable future using collaborative tools based on the principles of Nonviolent Communication. She shares these tools through meeting facilitation, consulting, and training for organizations and committed individuals. Her latest book, Reweaving Our Human Fabric: Working together to Create a Nonviolent Future (2015), explores the practices and systems needed for a collaborative society.
Oren J. Sofer is a teacher and practitioner of Buddhist meditation, Nonviolent Communication and Somatics. He has practiced Buddhist meditation in the Theravada tradition since 1997 and taught NVC since 2006. He holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University, is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner for healing trauma and a current participant in the IMS-Spirit Rock Vipassana Teacher Training Program. His work and teaching brings a strong emphasis to living a path of awakening in our daily lives.