“no one person owns the truth” an aspect of restorative philosophy.

When facilitating a Circle, I try to always point out the Center.  I explain that we all see the same items, but we each have a different ‘perspective’. Depending on the purpose of the Circle, I get more into explaining how no one person owns the truth.  When people sit around in Circle, in the…

A new term, a passion and taking life on, full force.

Today in Bikram Yoga, the teacher introduced me to a new term.  “Yoga Buzz”.  We do a pose that gets your heart pounding like you ran up a set of stairs.  In reality it’s a backward bend in 104 degree heat.  I love it.  It’s not for everyone.  In one class I remember thinking “am I…

The power of storytelling, using stories in community and in connecting.

Stories are the most basic tool for connecting us to one another.  Research shows that storytelling not only engages all the senses, it triggers activity on both the left and the right sides of the brain.  Because stories elicit whole brain/whole body responses, they are far move likely than other kinds of writing to evoke…

Restorative Justice gives you more information about yourself.

At a recent Circle session  – a Victim Empathy Seminar.  I kept the Circle and attending were four young male ‘offenders’, three Moms, three community members. A Victim Empathy Seminar is a SCVRJP service where juveniles and a parent or guardian attend with community members.  The orginal intent was to have a surrogate vicitm present. …

A gripping example of sharing your story.

I love this blogger . . . Penelope Trunk. Today’s blog is about why she shares so much about herself.  It is amazing.  I think you should read it. I was blown away.  Her blog and advice helped me start blogging.  She is refreshing and honest and I love her perspective.  I emailed her a…