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November 23, 2022 29 min

This is an early broadcast  - instead of airing it on the weekend as I usually do, I wanted to air it before Thanksgiving, for those of you who may be wondering how to have non-contentious family conversations at Thanksgiving – or any other holiday for that matter, especially during times like we’re in now, where there are strong and opposing feelings and opinions nationwide about our political arena, human rights and other current national issues. 

My guest Susan Partnow has some tools and ideas to share with you to help set the tone for more compassionate conversations, and to help you navigate to more peaceful waters when conversations become turbulent.

Welcome to Part 2 of “The Heart is our Compass:  Compassionate Listening in Polarized Times”, Episode #96 of Co-creating Peace, a series about conscious communication and conflict transformation.

Last week, in Part 1, Susan Partnow told us about the origin of Compassionate Listening, its five core practices and how we can cultivate compassion.

In this episode, we discuss how to bring Compassionate Listening into your daily life and how to use Compassionate Listening practices in contentious situations, including those you may find yourself in with your family over the Thanksgiving holiday.

To learn more about Compassionate Listening and the Compassionate Listening Project, visit To contact Susan Partnow, email her at:

I hope you have a peaceful and joy-filled Thanksgiving. Please know that I am thankful for each and every one of you. Your listener-ship and your patronage mean the world to me. Thank you!

Contact Kathleen Oweegon at: to share your ideas and feedback for this show. You can receive a free 30-minute communication coaching session by being a guest on Co-creating Peace to talk about your communication challenges and receive Kathleen's suggestions on the air. Visit to learn more about Kathleen and her work.

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