Healing and reconciliation is the inclusion of a “broom and dustpan” approach to mistakes. When we mess up, we can go back and clean up and make amends, except when to do so would injure others. This conversation on Family Matters Radio encourages us to have compassion for ourselves and others and try again. Before all, we must make the effort to make amends. Also, we need the gentlest nurturing of which we are capable when our hearts are racing with anger or fear. Healing and reconciliation is an act of service to the relationship, to repair harm for the good of everyone involved, not just ourselves.
Knowing a way to repair harm and restore connection when we hurt empowers us to manage and respond to conflict and thereby strengthen our relationships, rather than allow conflict to pull them apart.
Cathy Bucher, a mom of two boys ages 9 and 12 years, joins Family Matters Radio to discuss a simple, but not-always-easy, three-step option for healing and reconciliation. Cathy has been teaching for over 20 years with an emphasis on Special Education. Cathy enjoys teaching Nonviolent Communication workshops, a way of being with each other where all of us and our needs matter, and has been a part of leadership teams at Nonviolent Communication retreats and family camps in her hometown of Davis, California and throughout the US. Cathy enjoys sharing Nonviolent Communication with others because it’s a tangible way for her to contribute to creating a world in which all can thrive through connection and play.
Aired live: Sunday, June 17th, 2012 0800-0900 Eastern Standard Time on CFRU 93.3 FM, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
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