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Everything Is Workable: A Zen Approach to Conflict Resolution [Paperback]

Diane Musho Hamilton

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Dec 3 2013
Using mindfulness to work with and resolve the inevitable interpersonal conflicts that arise in all areas of life.

"Wonderfully engaging, perceptive, and wise."—William L. Ury, co-author of Getting to Yes

Conflict is going to be part of your life—as long as you have relationships, hold down a job, or have dry cleaning to be picked up. Bracing yourself against it won’t make it go away, but if you approach it consciously, you can navigate it in a way that not only honors everyone involved but makes it a source of deep insight as well. Seasoned mediator Diane Hamilton provides the skill set you need to engage conflict with wisdom and compassion, and even—sometimes—to be grateful for it. She teaches how to:

• Cultivate the mirror-like quality of attention as your base
• Identify the three personal conflict styles and determine which one you fall into
• Recognize the three fundamental perspectives in any conflict situation and learn to inhabit each of them
• Turn conflicts in families, at work, and in every kind of interpersonal relationship into win-win situations

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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 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 Amazon.com
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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
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 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 Amazon.com
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Awakens the heart, Brings the center of kindness to conflict Dec 11 2013
By Robert Mcnamara - Published on Amazon.com
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!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful book Dec 16 2013
By Brett Walker - Published on Amazon.com
Such an easy read. Her tone is conversational and I love how it's filled with anecdotes about her own life as a mother, daughter, teacher and friend. There's a lot of practical suggestions for how to become a student of conflict and let it make you a better person.

She was born to write this book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to try it out Dec 17 2013
By Jeff D Salzman - Published on Amazon.com
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Very counter-intuitive: "conflict is good news." But Hamilton really delivers on that thesis, first of all by showing that conflict is inevitable. People fight. Then demonstrating, step by step, how conflict can reveal new territories of relationship and help move us to a closeness that would never have possible previously. Almost makes me look forward to my next scuffle!

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