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So far Ranji and David has created 8 blog entries.

Including All Without Excluding Any

By Ranjana Ariaratnam, David Johnson, Talli Jackson, and Roxy Manning For this final article in the WCI 2017 series, we decided to write jointly. This article is our invitation for you to think about inclusion and interdependence, how you have experienced them (or not) in your life. We don’t purport to have definitive answers, and [...]

By | July 24th, 2017|Inspiration 2017|2 Comments

Showing Up Fully with My Dad

By David Johnson When I first began to immerse myself in the study of Nonviolent Communication, I faced a dilemma that I think is not uncommon. I was excited by what I was learning and saw the potential it had for completely transforming the relationships in my life. So of course, I was thinking that [...]

By | July 10th, 2017|Inspiration 2017, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Healing Power of Creative Expression

By Ranjana (Ranji) Ariaratnam It was a Friday evening at the end of an ordinary week. But something was wrong. I felt a heaviness and an unwellness that I just could not describe. Not unwell as in coming down with a seasonal bug. But rather the anguish of a heavy burden sinking down on my [...]

By | June 29th, 2017|Inspiration 2017|0 Comments

Discovering My Creativity

By David Johnson Ranji stood in front of me holding the book and for a few moments it was impossible for me to take in what she was saying. How did she know? How could she possibly know? We had been busy packing up our apartment in Berkeley getting ready to leave for Addis Ababa [...]

By | June 24th, 2017|Inspiration 2017|0 Comments

Caring and the Expanded Self

By Talli Jackson When I was first introduced to the idea of “self-care,” the impression I walked away with was that it meant doing what I needed to take care of myself as an individual. It had to do with bringing balance to my mind, body, and emotions, and used “feeling good" as both the [...]

By | June 7th, 2017|Inspiration 2017|0 Comments

Don’t Help Anyone!

By Ranjana (Ranji) Ariaratnam Sitting in the bedroom of the 1940s cottage nestled in the Santa Cruz mountains, the slightly musty smell tickling my nose, I was filled with despair.  I looked out the window, with the canopy of huge redwoods filtering in thin streams of sunlight, opened my mouth and let out an agonized [...]

By | July 11th, 2016|Inspiration|0 Comments

Release the Body, Release the Past

by David A. Johnson It began as an ordinary day, and perhaps the fact that any day in that place had become ordinary was in itself telling.  I walked along the crest of the hill that formed the center of the IDP camp, struck as I always was by the cruel juxtaposition of such [...]

By | July 5th, 2016|Inspiration|0 Comments

Walking Towards Conflict

by David A. Johnson I'll tell you a secret – you may not believe me, but I’ll tell you anyway.  There have been times I have felt more out of place in the States than I have in any of the countries where I have lived and worked in Africa or Central America.  At least [...]

By | June 9th, 2016|Inspiration|0 Comments