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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala (Dec 3 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611800676
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611800678
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"There is perhaps no greater challenge in our personal relationships than conflict.  In this wonderfully engaging, perceptive, and wise little book, Diane Musho Hamilton shows us how to negotiate this delicate terrain with skillful means."—William L. Ury, co-author of Getting to Yes

"A groundbreaking, creative account of how the qualities of nonattachment, equanimity, and flexibility of mind that are cultivated in meditation practice can help inform and enliven the vial work of mediating human conflicts and misunderstandings."—Jan Chozen Bays, author of How to Train a Wild Elephant

"A wonderful, down-to-earth, and very useful book on conflict resolution.  Read it professionally, read it as a layperson, read it for work, read it for relationships, read it for your own inner conflicts—but read it for sure, and find a genuine peace and contentment under all of your seemingly intractable conflicts."—Ken Wilber

About the Author

DIANE MUSHO HAMILTON is a Zen teacher and priest and was the first Director of the Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution of the Utah Judiciary.  The recipient of numerous awards for her work in mediation, she is also cofounder of Two Arrows Zen, a practice organization with centers in Salt Lake City and in the red rock country of Southern Utah.

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This book offers a brilliant set of practical approaches to bringing more wisdom into our relationships with others - our friends, families and workplaces. Diane Musho Hamilton's personal stories and examples are very touching, and she offers the reader a compassionate and helpful way to grow into someone who can be more intentional using his or her awareness and attention to resolve conflict.

Reading this book will open your eyes to the many subtle ways that you relate to conflict and teach you to use this awareness to be more skillful and effective to transform conflict into something creative and productive.

I cannot recommend this book enough to my corporate consulting and coaching friends - and they really appreciate the combination of depth and the pragmatic advice Diane offers. This book should be in everyone's coaching, consulting, and leadership training book lists.
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I've been a conflict resolution practitioner and teacher for years. These writings and wisdom confirmed, elevated and deepened my understanding.
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Thanks - it i a great book and one that is easy to read and reflect on...stories are such good ways to present the messge
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HASH(0xa00997d4) out of 5 stars Deepest insights, huge personal experience and lots of practical tips inside an easy-reading page-turner? Dec 12 2013
By Andreas Schroeder - Published on
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This is a wonderful book for experienced mediators or communication experts as well as for ordinary people with interest in working their day-by-day conflicts, irritations and life issues. The easy-reading quality makes it fun, the different tips, insights and techniques provide practical help and feasible approaches for everybody. And the deep realization of the author is shining between the lines and allowing to go deeper and deeper into the understanding not only of conflicts but also of our life in general. I am German and can also fully recommend it to non-native-English readers, as the language is not too complicated and all chapters are stuffed with beautiful examples of the authors own life as experienced mediator, family member and human being.
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HASH(0xa05341c8) out of 5 stars More than a mediation instruction book Jan. 19 2014
By Chuck M Gerace - Published on
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Ms Hamilton takes personal stories, life stories, and walks you through how to live a comfortable life with less conflict with yourself as well with others. She builds on a base that facing conflict is good, not to be avoided or covered up. How to be a stronger person, or happier with yourself, then move onto avoiding or resolving conflict with others by teaching principles that are basic.Ms Hamilton teaches how to listen, give and receive feedback, and to be thinking "inclusive" of all humans.
Personally the first 30 pages were a challenge for me. I thought another book with a great title but the same information as others before it. But I was rewarded for sticking with it and enjoyed the book and gained knowledge on how to see that there are others perspectives to take into account, when you think you are the one who is right and the other person is wrong.
I have chapter 17 marked to look back at it often. It is titled The Shadow In Conflict. It touched me deeply in understanding how I look at another person critically and shows how to overcome that critical view.
200 pages that are easy to read and I am sure you will be better after you have finished the book and the chapter reviews. Go buy this book.
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HASH(0xa044ffc0) out of 5 stars Unusually deep and integrated awareness, organized and personalized in the tastiest treat for your mind and heart! Dec 10 2013
By Ellen Roseland - Published on
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If you want more integration between the spiritual and the emotional to fuel greater energy in your life….read this one! Beautifully syncs, the spirit, mind, heart and body in one great song. This is a rare treasure.
Only a a deep meditator and practiced mediator of life could paint the landscapes of our human terrain and predicament in such a poignant manner as to not leave us hanging on the gallows, or wondering about our other parts. Diane takes us on a brilliant and humorous journey of unfolding our choices in life in such a clear way as to leave us never in the same jumble as we were before this great read! I highly recommend " "Everything is Workable" for all who want more compassionate integrated awareness and less torture in their everyday experience of life's challenges!

Ellen Roseland
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HASH(0xa0097114) out of 5 stars Profound, generative, delightful May 9 2014
By L. Tenney - Published on
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Diane Hamilton offers a thoughtful and sensitive voice of wisdom that reconnects us with a more grounded, spacious and wiser understanding of our human experience and the complexity of our relationships—both with ourselves and with others.

Diane writes in such an accessible, engaging and frank voice, I found that sitting down to read this book felt like sitting down with a (very) wise friend for a cup of tea and a good conversation. Her reflections are pragmatic and provocative; they invite us as readers into greater self-acceptance and curiosity about others, and re-frame our experience of conflict. As I read and re-read, I noticed that my personal vantage point on the ups and downs of life was being shifted from a place of judgement or fixation to a more inclusive and open-hearted place, one where the light and dark or "goodness and badness" of things gave way to a more appreciative and un-biased view. Reading this book is itself an invitation into a more spacious and liberated awareness—highly recommend.
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HASH(0xa02c8924) out of 5 stars Awakens the heart, Brings the center of kindness to conflict Dec 11 2013
By Robert Mcnamara - Published on
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Hamilton's Everything is Workable flows like water! This book takes away any effort to read, and instead carries you forward in a effortless exploration of the nature of conflict and awakening. Clear, immensely accessible and beautifully written. Everything is Workable is evolving my relationship to conflict. It soothes the tensions in relationship and warmly awakens my heart. A must read!