Peace Talks: Deleted Scenes Edition. When you buy or rent a DVD these days, often you'll be treated to some deleted scenes from the featured film. These are the scenes the director was still proud enough to show you, but they just couldn't fit into the original production. This version of Peace Talks might be called our own "deleted scenes" edition. When we record our program each month, we usually tape much more discussion than we are able to squeeze into our half hour. Some of what we are forced to cut out is rich with ideas and tips for resolving conflict in different environments. So today, we'll revisit some of our previous topics and let you hear some of this discussion on issues like mediation programs for middle school children, the verbal technology called nonviolent communication, efforts to institutionalize the concept of peace in our governing bodies, the quest for inner peace in a post 9-11 world and peaceful parenting.

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Victor LaCerva, Medical Director of the New Mexico Department of Health's Family Health Bureau. Victor talked with us about the need to teach our children what he called "emotional fluency" early on in life. Giving children the vocabulary to match their emotions of mad, glad, sad and afraid - so they will find it easier to label their feelings and talk about them. Victor iss also the author of Pathways to Peace: Forty Steps to a Less Violent America, and most recently Worldwords: Global Reflections to Awake the Spirit.

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Chris Griscom of the Nizhoni Institute of Global Consciousness. Chris is a teacher and an activist who has been working to bring a Department of Peace to New Mexico state government…a department that would work to specifically address ways to promote non-violence both within the state and in countries that might be partners in commerce with New Mexico.

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As our children grow, the years between 11 to 14 can be among the toughest and can be a time when many conflicts surface. We spoke with two New Mexico mediators who work in the schools, Lilly Irvin-Vitela (center), the director of the New Mexico Center for Dispute Resolution in Albuquerque, and Ellie Dendahl (left) who coordinates the school mediation program in Santa Fe. Also Elena Carnes (right) who survived her middle school years and is now at Sandia Prep.

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In recent years, world events have made it hard for many more of us to achieve inner peace. We talked about that challenge with meditation teacher Eric Kolvig who told us he was already a victim of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and that the attacks of 9-11 reactivated it. He told how his meditation practice, that promotes keeping an open heart and clear mind, helped him minimize the PTSD effects. Our studio audience had many questions for Eric that couldn't fit into our original program.

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Jorge Rubio, is a trainer in the communication technique known as nonviolent communication, something that can be applied to many a potential conflict scenario. Instead of lashing out verbally at someone who's offended you, NVC suggests a 4 part phrase that starts with how you feel, like, "I feel frustrated when you didn't return my call because I have a need to have my complaint taken seriously. I ask that in the future you return my call withi 24 hours." Nonviolent communication expresses your feeling, your observation, your need and your request.

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