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she is very traditional NVC and makes it easy for anyone regardless of fluency to understand and grasp the work of NVC.
This book is a shining example of just how she can do this in a small "bit" way.
Each daily meditation is in simple language and very applicable to daily life. Sometimes we often get so absorbed by process that we forget to sit back, and enjoy the simple things that help bring "Peaceful Living" in so our lives can be enriched.
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.
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.