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Peaceful Living: Daily Meditations for Living with Love, Healing, and Compassion Paperback – October 28, 2005
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Sometimes the meditations are more autobiographical than suits my taste. While having a story associated with the concept helps illustrate the point, having that story be the author's sometimes seems a bit self-indulgent. It would have been more enjoyable for me if the author had either invented a situation to illustrate the point, or referred to someone else's story.
This being said, most of the daily thoughts are interesting and thought-provoking. Recent quotes have reminded me to think in various ways about my life: to openly share my experience with someone close to me; to be open to hear my loved one's experience; and, when a situation is not to my liking, to search for a something that is better for me and for others involved.
Overall, I've enjoyed the book.
My husband and I are reading the daily readings together and then discussing how we can apply the information to that day, or to our lives. The clarity of Mary's writing in Peaceful Living is so refreshing. I've studied and practiced Nonviolent Communication for a number of years and have found it enormously useful - however, sometimes it felt difficult to wrap myself around the principles while actually in a difficult communication situation. Mary's layperson's language and specific examples are giving me a whole new set of skills to use.
Of strong value to me, Mary gives numerous examples of self-empathy, compassion and self care, in addition to excellent interpersonal examples. I've often been 'other oriented,' sometimes to the detriment of my own health and often less than fully compassionate about my own needs. The author's point that it's difficult to truly be of service to others if we are not taking care of ourselves is finally reaching me in a way I can embrace - in fact, I feel myself easing up on the 'jackal' or critical internal chatter that so often gets in the way of my feeling true happiness, joy and delight!
This book is a daily meditation book, laid out with one short essay or meditation for each day of the year. The meditation starts with a quotation about the day's topic. Next comes an essay which ranges from less than one up to two pages for the day's lesson. At the end of the essay is a sentence about how to apply that lesson for the day.
For example, tomorrow, August 19th, has as a quote: "Keep your eye on the sunshine and you will not see the shadows.---Helen Keller", followed by an essay on "Observing without Judgment", and ending with the sentence "Today stick to the facts and don't make up stories about why people behave in certain ways."
There is also a list of NVC feelings and needs in the front and an index.
This is the type of book that people familiar or unfamiliar with NonViolent Communication will enjoy. In fact, it's a great way to learn about NonViolent communication in bite-size pieces, so that it is less overwhelming (especially for people who hate to study or take classes). My husband and I read a little bit each morning and discuss it, finding the focus very useful in starting out our day.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone who wishes to improve their communication skills.
Dee Kaserer, Family Nurse Practitioner
Using this book helps me remember and renew my intention to live compassionately and joyfully, based on the principles of Nonviolent Communication developed by Marshall Rosenberg.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have studied NVC for seven years and the concept of not judging is starting to click thanks to Mary Mackenzie's meditations. The book looked brand new and I bought it use.Published 5 months ago by Lookingforlowsugar
Love this book. Great to help you practice Non Violent Communication (NVC) with self and with others.Published 18 months ago by Happycampers323
I love this book. This is my second copy and I also give it to friends as a gift.Published 20 months ago by k_shopper
Thought provoking, comforting and enlightening. I enjoy having a new perspective each day and enjoy looking up topics in the crossreference in the backPublished 23 months ago by Lou
This is a good book to build the ability to use NVC in our daily life, I like it!
I like the small daily readings but wasn't expecting that from the book. I think it helps you be conscious each day as long as you remember to read it in the morning or remember... Read morePublished on December 9, 2013 by Pamela Silberberg
Great book. I have used the daily meditations as readings for teaching nonviolent communication classes that I teach. I recommend it.Published on August 21, 2013 by Tusube