Reflections for a better life

Hanging out with friends, communicating and enjoying

Nonviolent communication is communication that originates from a place of kindness and connection with self and with other. It expresses what is really important to us, and is likely to help us and others get what we really need.

Brother apologizing to his sister

A lot has been written about apologies. How they are important, and how they should be worded. But I think there is important room for improvement, if the goal is to create a stronger relationship. Just this morning, ...

Happy, feeling no hindrance

Be free of pre-set notions of good and bad, right and wrong, but allow your innate kindness flow to self and other. Then life becomes much less of an effort, and you can take action with a clear mind.

Communicating, bad and good

Good verbal communication should choose words that express the needs, feelings, and requests of the speaker, while also welcoming the other person to join into a dialogue without shaming or blaming them.

A sycamore tree, and the bark cleanup phenomenon

The opening up of rawness, whether it is loving feelings, hurt or anger, generosity, or loneliness, is an opportunity for growth. Rawness has its own trajectory, and can lead to new and unexpected growth and fulfillment.

Cucumber and clingers, view 1

If plants and insects and other small animals have strategies to survive, then even moreso we humans do. That is why psychological labels need to be used in a very limited way. Why? Because everything we do...

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