Peace Starts At Home

Peace Starts At Home

Trainer(s): Miki Kashtan
Media Format: Audio Download
Duration: 6 hours
Sessions/Tracks: 7
Production Date: 11/2011
Language: English

$30.00 USD

"I will do everything in my power to resolve every conflict, however small." – Thich Nhat Hanh, from the 4th precept as printed in For a Future to Be Possible

When asked how we can create peace, the Dalai Lama suggested that we start at home. Through the practice of living in dialogue at home, where the stakes are often very high, you can increase your ability to meet the challenges of life everywhere with empathy, goodwill and authenticity.

The vision: Imagine what this could be. Imagine sweet, open dialogue in all your relationships, both intimate and otherwise. Imagine full compassion for yourself, accepting your humanity in moments of challenge. Imagine the freedom to choose in every moment, how you want to meet life. Imagine the power of responding empathically to those around you. Imagine expanding outward from your personal life and embodying these qualities in the world..

The content: Like all of Miki’s courses, much of what happens in this telecourse recording emerged from what needs, challenges and opportunities participants brought with them. Miki’s teaching is highly interactive and includes experiential integration as well as easy-to-remember insights.

Session Topics:
1.  Dialogue as a Way of Life:
a.  Recognizing and going beyond either/or thinking
b.  Shifting from demands to requests
c.  Shifting from agreement to empathy
d.  Asking for everything and always telling the truth in response to requests
2.  The Inner Building Blocks of Creating Peace:
a.  Living in Peace with Unmet Needs
b. Releasing attachment and stepping into the unknown
c. Overcoming fear and embracing vulnerability
d. Opening hearts and transforming judgments
3.   From Conflict to Dilemma:
a.  Staying in connection when conflict arises
b.  Transcending resentment and surfacing invisible contracts
c.  Saying everything with care
d.  Empathy as inner transformation
e.  Empathy to support holding things together
4.   The Gift of Connection Requests:
a.  Taking 100%responsibility for the relationship
b.  Navigating conversations to everyone's benefit
c.  Knowing when to move into specific strategies and solutions
5.   Creating Relationship Agreements:
a.  Trust building strategies
i.  Agreed regularly scheduled activities (e.g. mutual appreciation)
II.  Agreements about how to handle conflict
III.  Talking about things outside conflict moments
b.  Becoming each other's partner in changing behaviors
i.  Soliciting feedback and refraining from offering at other's time
ii.  Agreements about reminders
c.  Handling unkept agreements
i.  Releasing the temptation to hold the other accountable
ii.  Using broken agreements for learning
6.   Nourishing Relationships with Celebration and Gratitude:
a.  Expressing appreciation with full vulnerability
b.  Requesting celebration (as opposed to "do you love me?")
c.  Empathy for celebration and gratitude

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