Drawing from Buddhist and yogic precepts, this practical guide offers tools for becoming a better, more compassionate communicator at home, at work, and in the world

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Product Code: 9069
ISBN: 9781645471042
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Shambala
Pages: 176
Published Date: 08/09/2022
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Have you ever tried to tell someone what you want only to feel misunderstood and frustrated? Or hesitated to ask for what you needed because you didn’t want to burden the other person? Or been stuck in blame or anger that wouldn’t go away?

Judith and Ike Lasater, long-term students of yoga and Buddhism, experienced dilemmas like these, too. Even though they had studied the yoga principle of satya (truth) and the Buddhist precept of right speech, it was not until they began practicing Marshall Rosenberg’s techniques of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) that they understood how to live satya and right speech.

In What We Say Matters, Judith and Ike describe their journey through NVC and how speech becomes a spiritual practice based on giving and receiving with compassion—everywhere, all the time—whether at home, at work, or in the world. Their writing is deeply personal, punctuated by their recounts of trial and error, success and failure, laughter and challenge—even in writing this book! They guide you through an introduction to NVC with clear explanations, poignant examples, suggested exercises, and helpful resources. With practice, you’ll learn new ways to:

• Extend empathy to yourself and others

• Distinguish between feelings and needs

• Make requests rather than demands

• Choose connection over conflict

• Create mutually satisfying outcomes

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Introduction: Why We Wrote This Book
1. Satya and Right Speech
2. Nonviolent Communication
3. Four Communication Choices
4. Listening to Ourselves and Others 5. What We Say Matters
6. Talking to Our Partners
7. Talking to Our Children and Parents
8. Talking at Work
9. Talking in the World
About the Authors

What We Say Matters offers an approachable yet nuanced gift—a guide to speaking from our truth and listening with our hearts. Each page is filled with wise insights, relatable stories, and profound practices that, if even a fraction of the human race were to dabble with, have the power to transform the world as we know it.”—Aimee Ryan, Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication

“This book provides a friendly road map for those seeking to improve their conversations and deepen relationships. Judith and Ike have given us an inspiring and practical guide to creating a better world together.”—Oren Jay Sofer, author of Say What You Mean

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