My life purpose is to change the world by making relationships work

For Individuals, Couples, and Families Catalyzing personal growth and developing stronger communication skills

  • Training – Sharing wisdom to open doors to personal growth and effectiveness
  • Mediation – Facilitating connection to foster solutions for people locked in difference

For Businesses and OrganizationsHelping groups get work done more effectively, efficiently, and enjoyably

  • Training – Sharing wisdom to strengthen teams, improve customer service, better resolve conflict, enhance communication capacities and increase leadership skills.
  • Business Consulting – Connecting with the desires of the organization (for-profit, non-profit or other) to craft strategies that increase their effectiveness, efficiency, and enjoyment (e.g. Strategic Planning, Meeting Facilitation, Mission/Vision/Values Creation)


Taking Mindfulness off the Cushion:  Foundations of Compassionate Communication Training

Sponsored by the Flagstaff Insight Meditation Community (FIMC)

This workshop will teach practical skills for intra- and interpersonal dialogue using a model called Compassionate (Nonviolent) Communication (CC) that is used around the globe to resolve conflicts, enhance relationships, and improve well-being. Through interactive learning exercises focused on the foundations and skills of CC and periods of sitting and walking meditation, participants will increase their capacity to bring compassion and mindfulness to their relationships. This workshop is designed for persons with some mindfulness meditation experience and for those who are either new to CC or have some experience with the model.

Dates: The Weekend of December 9th – 11th (Friday, 6:30PM to 8:30PM, Saturday, 9:00AM to 5:00PM, and Sunday, September 25, 1:00PM to 4:00PM)

Location: Bell Garden Buddhist Center, Flagstaff, AZ

Cost: There is NO FEE for this course. These teachings have been sustained by the 2,500 year old tradition of dana, a Pali word meaning “generosity.” The teacher receives no compensation for his services. Participants are invited to help support FIMC and the teacher in a way they feel they can afford through donations. In the act of giving, we develop our ability to let go, cultivate a spirit of caring, and honor our inter-connectedness.

To register:  Complete this Google Form

Email Dave at davewithheart@gmail.com or call 619-218-7554 with questions


“In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”

by Mahatma Gandhi

“Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.”

by Mevlana Rumi

“You change your life by changing your heart.”

by Anonymous
Questions of science, science and progress, don’t speak as loud as my heart.
By Coldplay
If you want to know me, look inside your heart
By Lao Tzu
Gratitude is the heart’s memory.
French Proverb
All paths lead nowhere, so it is important to choose a path that has heart.
By Carlos Castaneda
A person’s world is only as big as their heart.
By Tanya A. More
Until we can receive with an open heart, we are never really giving with an open heart.
By Brene Brown
Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.
By The Buddha
The place to improve the world is first in one’s own heart and head and hands.
By Robert M. Pirsig
Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.
By Zelda Fitzgerald
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Take Time “out” and Take “Timeouts”

Time out Pronunciation: /ˌtīm ˈout

  1.  Time for rest or recreation away from one’s usual work or studies.
  2.  A short interruption in a regular period of play during which a referee or other official stops the clock so that the players may rest, deliberate, make substitutions, etc.

Definition # 1 — Fruits of my time “out”:  Place Matters!

In our busy lives, it isn’t often when we get time away from our daily routine (derisively known as the “grind”).  When we do, we not only refresh ourselves by getting rest, we open ourselves to new ideas and new ways of thinking.

This weekend, Katie, myself and our dog, Star, took an overnight camping trip just off of Highway 180 near Snowbowl Road.  This was our first time “out” in several weeks. It was great!  I’m so grateful that we have an abundance of at-large camping only 10 minutes from our home near Downtown Flagstaff.

Getting “out” allowed me to do some thinking about life and about work.  This thinking brought clarity about   the important of “place” to the work I do.  I am here in Flagstaff doing work to make Flagstaff a better place.  I have deep affinity for the forested wonderland surrounding us and for the people who call this place home.  I’m committed to being here as a resident and business owner.

Definition # 2 — Timeouts are Powerful Tools

In trainings and life coaching sessions, I emphasize the important of using timeouts to create breaks in the action when a dialogue is not proceeding as hoped.  When both parties are triggered or upset, a timeout provides space for each to access other resources to get re-connected to themselves.  A timeout is a way of caring for the other party — a means of acknowledging that if I keep speaking I may say something that may further trigger the other person.  After re-connecting, the parties can come back together to listen to each other and share their own needs.  The “other resources” may be oneself (by providing self-empathy) or another person (by requesting empathy).

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