Compassionate Communication

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Compassionate Communication

Program Overview

Compassionate Communication with Scott Catamas is for anyone who wants to improve their relationships and connections. This program offers tools and techniques that all listeners can apply to their lives. These tools are nondenominational and cross-cultural. They are taught throughout the world and are simple yet effective.
Scott is a Master Coach and Communicator who travels throughout the United States, Europe and Asia teaching these tools. This program will frequently come live from various cities around the world where Scott is teaching. Guests will bring real relationship issues to Scott, where the tools will be demonstrated and practiced.

During this program you can learn:
● New ways to enjoy life more fully, despite any challenge.
● How to express yourself in ways that others can fully hear you.
● How to solve a problem with everyone involved feeling understood.
● How to be the best parent and/or friend you always wished to be.
● How to set boundaries in a compassionate way.
● How to stay connected to yourself, even when you are scared.
● How to stay connected to others, even when you are angry or triggered.
● The tools and practices of Compassionate Communication, based on Dr. Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication system.

Listenerns can learn and practice these tools throughout the day and apply them to any and all of their relationships. Scott also provides free materials on his website at www.LoveCoachScott.com.

The ideas and opinions expressed on this program do not necessarily reflect the teachings of Unity. Unity respects a wide range of spiritual thoughts and beliefs, as reflected in the diverse range of subjects presented on Unity Online Radio.

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  • Original air date: Monday, March 14, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Scott and Gabriele will be joined by other facilitators and practitioners of these tools in discussing the use of these tools in very difficult situations. The focus will be on our family relationships: using these tools with our children, parents, siblings and romantic partners. We will also address difficult connections with past partners (exes such as "Was-bunds" and "Was-Wives"). At least one of our guests will be from the staff of The Sunrise Center, an organization in San Francisco that provides a wide variety of classes, events and workshops designed to create greater joy in the world. All of the staff members have extensively trained in Compassionate Communication and teach throughout the Bay Area. 
  • Original air date: Monday, March 07, 2011
    Episode Description:
    For our wedding anniversary, we are dedicating this episode to be an honest exploration of marriage as a Spiritual Path. The tools of Compassionate Communication have been essential to our marriage, as we are extraordinarily different people. Our special guest for this episode is Kutira Decosterd, world-renowned author, teacher, facilitator, founder of The Kahua Institute in Hawaii, and a longtime friend who performed our wedding ceremony. The purpose of The Kahua Institute is to explore and teach new ways of awakening the divine, opening the heart, and creating ecological sustainability both within and without. Together we will offer practical ways to develop an authentic relationship with one's "Higher Self," "God Self," soul, and look at it from both the point of view of connection to Self, to the Divine, to our family, friends and romantic beloveds. 
  • Original air date: Monday, February 28, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Many of the spiritual traditions that Scott and Gabriele have explored point to the state of "ONENESS" as an achievable experience, even in the Western world. In this episode, they will discuss the specific tools available for achieving a greater state of "ONENESS," even with individuals that we are in conflict with. Of course, it does start with the self and there are very specific ways to achieve a deeper connection of PRESENCE/ONENESS. Scott and Gabriele have traveled throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, teaching and "truth seeking" and have been especially touched by the dynamic work of "THE UNIVERSITY OF ONENESS" in Southern India. Certified facilitators from that path will be joining us for this episode as well, in addition to some friends who have attended our workshops. 
  • Original air date: Monday, February 21, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Scott and Gabriele are longtime fans of the wit and wisdom of Steve Bhaerman, an internationally known author, humorist and workshop leader. For the past 23 years, he has written and performed as Swami Beyondananda, the "Cosmic Comic." Swami's comedy has been called "irreverently uplifting" and described as "comedy disguised as wisdom" and "wisdom disguised as comedy." In this episode, Steve will talk about the encouraging new story being told by "new edge" science that echoes ancient wisdom: We are all part of a new super-organism called Humanity, and understanding how we are part of this new community makes us healthier, happier and more free. He’ll also talk about his newest book  (co-authored with Joseph McCormick), Reuniting America: A Toolkit for Changing the Political Game, which offers Joseph's story of political transformation, as well as the principles and practices of convening transpartisan meet-ups in your town.   
  • Original air date: Monday, February 14, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Valentine's Day can be a wonderful day to show love and enjoy romantic connection. However, it can also be a very hard day, especially for those who are single. It can also be a day in which couples cannot live up to the expectations of the other. In this episode, Scott and Gabriele will discuss the greatest romance of all: between ourselves and the Divine/The "Eternal Beloved." This is the relationship that we can always cultivate, whether we are single or in relationship. We will also discuss practical ways to develop an authentic relationship with one's "Higher Self,” "God Self" and “Soul.” We will look at it from both the point of view of singles and couples. Prior to the show, listeners are encouraged to go to www.LoveCoachScott.com and download free worksheets that will help you to understand and practice the tools of Compassionate Communication.
  • Original air date: Monday, February 07, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Compassionate Communication on a deeper level is a way of thinking. Dr. Marshall Rosenberg suggests that we ask ourselves two questions throughout each day: "What is ALIVE in me?" and "How can I make life more wonderful?" Join Scott and Gabriele as they discuss the challenges, joys, and practices for taking personal responsibility for how we experience the world. Joining them will be one or two other Compassionate Communication coaches! Prior to the program, listeners are encouraged to go to www.LoveCoachScott.com and download free worksheets that will help you to understand and practice the tools of Compassionate Communication.
  • Original air date: Monday, January 31, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Our special guest is Alexsandra "Kika" Marianetti, a popular teacher of tantric yoga and an energy healer. In this episode, listeners will discover how to awaken their vital life force. Your sexual energy is your life force. Receive practical tools to channel your sexual energy, revitalizing your creativity and positive energy in all areas of your life, including your sex life. Explore Compassionate Communication skills to increase ease and depth of connection. Join Kika as she reveals the secret to lifelong joy and vitality. Breathe deeply, explore loving presence, and reawaken your heart in a safe and sacred space. Tantra is a path to extraordinary bliss.
  • Original air date: Monday, January 24, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Our special guest on this episode is Catherine Cardinal, Ph.D., who is commonly referred to as "Self-Esteem Doc," with more than two decades of proven expertise and experience. Catherine has worked wonders with groups as well as individuals, graced the airwaves with hundreds of enthusiastically embraced radio and television appearances, and is the author of the highly empowering, best-selling book A Cure for the Common Life: The Cardinal Rules of Self-Esteem. This is a small but deceptively powerful book that pinpoints 10 specific ways to recognize the root cause of common problems and, at the same time, determine a realistic course for improvement. Written in a clear, thoughtful, all-embracing, heart-to-heart style, Catherine’s book gives you the confidence and support to finally take that giant leap—and change for your own good.
  • Original air date: Monday, January 17, 2011
    Episode Description:
    This episode will feature real-life examples of how to use the tools of Compassionate Communication when life throws us a curve ball: How to respond authentically when confronted by a very difficult events; how to manage our personal boundaries and capabilities while balancing our connection to others. Scott and Gabriele will share examples from their personal lives and from their coaching of others who have gone through dramatic and even traumatic events. Prior to the show, listeners are encouraged to go to www.LoveCoachScott.com and download free worksheets that will help you to understand and practice the tools of Compassionate Communication
  • Original air date: Monday, January 10, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join us to start the new year with special guest Robert Gonzales. Scott worked with Robert for three years, developing and producing a series of DVDs about "The Embodied Spirituality of NVC" (aka: Compassionate Communication). This episode will explore how to use these tools as a practice for deep, authentic and mutual connection. Robert’s passion is in the spirituality of Compassionate Communication, which he sees both as a process that helps us connect more authentically with ourselves and others and as a spiritual practice and a way of living. A Ph.D. in clinical psychology and a licensed psychotherapist, Robert met Marshall Rosenberg and Nonviolent Communication in 1985, and has been offering Nonviolent Communication training in some form since 1986. Robert is also one of a team of NVC trainers at the NVC Training Institute, which offers in-depth and continuing NVC training in the United States and Europe.
  • Original air date: Monday, December 13, 2010
    Episode Description:
    This episode will feature an honest and vulnerable account of how the use of Compassionate Communication made a profound difference in the lives of newlyweds. Our guests Robert and Merge are remarkably different people, and their relationship had many challenges going in. He is 25 years older, and she has relocated to the United States (from Estonia) to be with Robert. They are just getting to know each other, and she has had to adapt to Robert's 5-year-old son and ex-wife, who lives close by and shares custody. They have both embraced Compassionate Communication, working closely with host Scott and his wife Gabriele in learning and practicing these tools in their daily lives. This is a good episode for anyone in a committed relationship.
  • Original air date: Monday, December 06, 2010
    Episode Description:
    This episode will feature special guest Heather Salmon, who considers herself to be a Spiritual Midwife to the New Earth—a Sustainable, Just and Peace-Filled World. Heather is an ordained minister of the Essene lineage and teaches the Essene Path of Peace, Sound and Energy Healing and Anahata Yoga. Join us as we discuss how to balance being of service to the world with our own personal needs and values. How do we compassionately connect to global concerns while taking care of ourselves and our interests? How can we adapt and adjust our lifestyle in more sustainable ways? 
  • Original air date: Monday, November 29, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Join me and special guest Rajyo Markman, who teaches the practices of Presence throughout the United States and Europe. Together we will offer tools for going deeper into Presence, including differentiating between the mind, ego and wise heart. What pulls us out of Presence? Often it is regretting the past, worrying about the future, or concentrating on situations out of our immediate control. Learn specific examples of how these tools can be used to create positive change and bring a sense of peace, and often joy, that allows us to cultivate enjoyable relationships to family, beloveds, business and our connection to the Divine.  
  • Original air date: Monday, November 22, 2010
    Episode Description:
    This episode will feature special guests sharing how to practice APPRECIATION, even when life is very challenging. We’ll also offer specific examples of how these tools can be used to create positive change. Gratitude is essential to the health and harmony of all relationships and cultures. This includes family, beloveds, business and our connection to the Divine. Prior to the show, listeners are encouraged to go to www.LoveCoachScott.com and download free worksheets that will help you to understand and practice the tools of Compassionate Communication.
  • Original air date: Monday, November 15, 2010
    Episode Description:
    In this episode, Scott will broadcast live from Louisville, Kentucky, where he is completing a tour of the Midwest. This unique episode will feature several guests who have attended Scott's classes and experienced significant transformations by applying the tools of Compassionate Communication in all of their relationships: family, beloveds, business and connection to the Divine. Prior to the show, listeners are encouraged to go to www.LoveCoachScott.com and download free worksheets that will help you to understand and practice the tools of Compassionate Communication.
  • Original air date: Monday, November 08, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Today’s topic is in response to the overwhelmingly positive feedback we received about a similar topic that aired in early October. With us today to discuss this in greater depth are Olga Aura (ww.IamFullyAlive.com) and Shama Helena www.HelenaOnLove.com who, along with Scott, have been teaching classes and workshops on UNION with the "Eternal Beloved" for many years. Join us as we explore how to create greater love, intimacy and sacred sexuality in our lives through compassion, our profound and unique connections to the Divine, and how empathy (for self and for others) can open doors that have been closed. This episode is for singles as well as couples. Prior to the show, listeners are encouraged to go to www.LoveCoachScott.com and download free worksheets that will help you to understand and practice the tools of Compassionate Communication.
  • Original air date: Monday, November 01, 2010
    Episode Description:
    This episode will focus on how to authentically speak your truth and express emotions. Compassionate Communication includes being honest and transparent in a way that others can connect to. We will provide very specific examples and tools of how to do this. Scott's wife Gabriele chose this topic and will join him today to demonstrate examples of self-empathy, which can completely change one's attitude and experience of life. These are simple, practical tools that help us to love and accept our self, even when we are sad, angry, disappointed or triggered. We will also touch on forgiveness of self. Prior to the show, listeners are encouraged to go to www.LoveCoachScott.com and download free materials.
  • Original air date: Monday, October 25, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Join Scott and special guest Ashanna Solaris as they explore ways to authentically go deep within ourselves to unlock doors that have kept us from our fulfillment. Scott will share an advanced tool of Compassionate Connection within, which allows us to authentically transform pain into gratitude. Ashanna Solaris is a Master of Clarity Breathwork, a powerful, safe and transformational breathing technique that reduces stress, increases energy, and allows more ease and pleasure into your life and relationships. It is a profound spiritual tool that resonates at such a deep level that blame becomes obsolete, forgiveness becomes natural, and taking complete responsibility for one's life becomes the only option. For more information about Ashanna, email her at ashanna@breatheinlove.com.
  • Original air date: Monday, October 18, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Today’s program features special guest speaker Sara Kendall Gordon, an acupuncturist and herbalist focusing on functional medicine through clinical nutrition. We will be exploring the dynamic process of relaxing cognitive and emotional resistance and choosing to open the heart and body. As we navigate with feeling awareness into the subtle regions of our innermost depths, we will learn how self-compassion deeply opens us into the embrace of intimate union with the tools of Compassionate Communication, including learning how to “self-source.” Learn how empathy (for self and for others) can open doors that have been closed. Prior to the program, listeners are encouraged to go to www.LoveCoachScott.com and download free worksheets that will help them to understand and practice the tools of Compassionate Communication.
  • Original air date: Monday, October 11, 2010
    Episode Description:
    This episode features two very special guest speakers: lga Aura and Shama Helena. We will be exploring how to create greater love, intimacy and sacred sexuality in your life THROUGH Compassion. This is for singles as well as couples. The tools of Compassionate Communication include learning how to “self-source.” Learn how empathy (for self and for others) can open doors that have been closed. This show will also explore our profound connection to the Divine. Scott, Olga and Shama each have been teaching classes and workshops on union with the "Eternal Beloved" for many years. Each individual's relationship to the Divine is unique; we will offer tools for connecting to the great love within ourselves. You can learn more about Olga Aura through her web site www.IamFullyAlive.com. Helena teaches Compassionate Communication and Sacred Sexuality in Southern California and can be reached at www.HelenaOnLove.com. Prior to the show, listeners are encouraged to go to www.LoveCoachScott.com and download free worksheets that will help you to understand and practice the tools of Compassionate Communication.
  • Original air date: Monday, September 27, 2010
    Episode Description:
    This episode's very special guest is Will Tuttle, the author of The World Peace Diet. This dynamic book has been called one of the most important books of the 21st century: The foundation of a new society based on the truth of the interconnectedness of all life. Dr. Tuttle is currently giving a series of lecture presentations around North Americaabout "The World Peace Diet." For more information about Will and scheduled speaking engagements check out www.willtuttle.com. Today we will explore how to accept where we are in present time, and what changes and adjustments we can make to demonstrate more compassion for animals, plants, ecosystems, other people, and ourselves. Prior to the show, listeners are encouraged to go to www.LoveCoachScott.com and download the free worksheets that help teach these powerful tools of change.  
  • Original air date: Monday, September 20, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Today’s episode will focus on the value of Compassionate Communication for ourselves. Scott's special guest will be Lasare, calling in from England. She is a popular radio show host there, with her own program called Inspirations With Lasare. Also joining us will be Scott's wife Gabriele. We will demonstrate examples of self-empathy, which can completely change one's attitude and experience of life. These are simple, practical tools that help us to love and accept ourselves, even when we are sad, angry, disappointed or triggered. We will also touch on forgiveness of self. Prior to the show, listeners are encouraged to go to www.LoveCoachScott.com  and download free worksheets that will help them to understand and practice the tools of Compassionate Communication.
  • Original air date: Monday, September 13, 2010
    Episode Description:
    This very special episode will focus on how to combine the joy of romance with Compassionate Communication. Scott's special guest will be Joy Nordenstrom, whose mission at Joy of Romance Inc. is to help individuals create passionate and thriving relationships. Her company succeeds by providing education, coaching, events, trip planning and overall inspiration. Today's show will give you very specific tools to help bring more joy and romance into your life ... even if you are single! Prior to the show, listeners are encouraged to go to www.LoveCoachScott.com and download free worksheets that will help you to understand and practice the tools of Compassionate Communication.
  • Original air date: Monday, September 06, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Join us today for a discussion on compassionate communication in the workplace and how to apply some very specific tools to help managers, employers, staff and employees improve efficiency and harmony at work. Scott has facilitated many staff meetings and taught these tools to small and large businesses. Joining him to share practices and experiences are Christy Michaels, Katrina Vaillancourt and Donny Regal, each an experienced facilitator of Compassionate Communication and teacher at the Sunrise Center (near San Francisco). Prior to the show, listeners are encouraged to go to www.LoveCoachScott.com and download free worksheets to help them understand and practice the tools of Compassionate Communication.
  • Original air date: Monday, August 30, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Having worked with more than 200 couples and families, Scott has learned that at the root of nearly all disharmony in relationships is judgment or "make wrong." Today we will explore how to authentically accept and have compassion for ourselves and each other and examine the differences between judgment and discernment. Joining Scott on today's program is his wife Gabriele. Scott and Gabriele will share how they do this in their lives, using honest examples from their relationship. Prior to the show, listeners are encouraged to go to www.LoveCoachScott.com and download the free worksheets on “Feelings” and “Universal Human Needs.”
  • Original air date: Monday, August 23, 2010
    Episode Description:
    One of the myths of relationships is that happy couples don't have differences. Perhaps it comes from growing up with fairy tales ending with "and they lived happily ever after." A more honest statement would be: "And they learned how to compassionately manage their differences." Today's program will give listeners very specific tools for giving yourself empathy while understanding the differences of your family members, co-workers and friends. Scott and Gabriele Catamas will share how they do this in their lives, as very different individuals from completely different cultures and belief systems, in a marriage that is an ongoing practice of Compassion, Understanding, Boundaries and Curiosity. Visit www.LoveCoachScott.com to download free worksheets on Feelings and Universal Human Needs.
  • Original air date: Monday, August 16, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Scott has learned that there is an epidemic of criticism in Western culture, while nearly everyone is longing for more appreciation. Today we explore how to authentically shift from criticism to appreciation and give listeners specific tools to create connection, even in difficult circumstances. No matter what you wish to convey, it can always be presented with a tone of appreciation. Scott and Gabriele Catamas share how they do this and how Scott has taught others to enjoy various practices of appreciation. Go to www.LoveCoachScott.com to download the free worksheets on Feelings and Universal Human Needs.
  • Original air date: Monday, August 09, 2010
    Episode Description:
    In working with more than 200 couples and families, I have found that the tools for managing ourselves when we are triggered are essential. Even when we are upset, there are simple ways to authentically understand what is happening within ourselves, and with others. Today's show will give listeners very specific tools to help create connection, even in very difficult circumstances. Scott's wife, Gabriele, is a guest and they will share about their use of these practices, both personally and professionally. Prior to the show, listeners are encouraged to go to www.LoveCoachScott.com and download the free worksheets. 
  • Original air date: Monday, August 02, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Scott will be calling in from San Diego, California, after leading a workshop on the practice of boundaries and compassion. Workshop participants will be Scott’s guests today. Prior to the program, listeners are encouraged to go to www.LoveCoachScott.com and download the free worksheets on Feelings and Universal Human Needs.  
  • Original air date: Monday, July 26, 2010
    Episode Description:
    Scott's guest for this episode is his wife Gabriele! Tune in for a revealing look at the specific ways Scott and Gabriele use these tools in their relationship. They will describe the significant differences between them and how they manage the daily differences and challenges. Scott and Gabriele have been friends for 21 years and best friends for eight years. Yet every day brings new opportunities to learn about each other and to manage challenges and differences. Remember to visit Scott's website at http://www.LoveCoachScott.com and download the free worksheets!
  • Original air date: Monday, July 19, 2010
    Episode Description:
    One of the fundamental aspects of Compassionate Communication is the power of giving and receiving Empathy/Understanding. My personal definition of compassion is "to demonstrate CARE despite differences.” In nearly all situations, especially conflicts, it is when we drop from our judgmental minds to our compassionate hearts that things soften and change in a wonderful way. Today's program will give listeners very specific tools for giving and receiving empathy. Scott will demonstrate different forms of authentic care and compassionate listening with his guests on the show. We will also practice self-empathy and the ways to fill our own wells of support and understanding. Scott teaches throughout the United States and has received scores of testimonials about how empathy has changed people's lives and relationships. Prior to the show, listeners are encouraged to go to www.LoveCoachScott.com and download the free worksheets on Feelings and Universal Human Needs.
  • Original air date: Monday, July 12, 2010
    Episode Description:
    One of the fundamental understandings of Compassionate Communication is to connect to our feelings and our "Universal Human Needs.” This is a way to authentically understand what is happening within ourselves and with others. Today's program will give listeners very specific tools to help create connection even in very difficult circumstances. Scott teaches throughout the United States and has received scores of testimonials about how this one understanding has changed people's lives and relationships. Prior to the show, listeners are encouraged to go to www.LoveCoachScott.com and download the free worksheets on Feelings and Universal Human Needs. 
  • Original air date: Monday, June 28, 2010
    Episode Description:
    This episode comes live from Nashville, Tennessee, where Scott will be attending a Climate Project Presenters Summit with Al Gore. Scott volunteers his time educating audiences throughout the United States, Europe and Asia about the challenges and solutions involved in climate change. In today's episode, Scott offers specific tools and practices for creating connection with others, even when we have significant differences. Joining Scott are fellow Nonviolent Communication teachers from the Sunrise Center, sharing their stories and experiences, and also other Climate Project Presenters from around the world, who have used some of Scott's techniques. Access free worksheets from Scott's website at www.LoveCoachScott.com.
  • Original air date: Monday, June 21, 2010
    Episode Description:
    This opening episode will give listeners an introduction to the powerful tools of Compassionate Communication. Joining Scott will be some of his friends and clients, sharing their stories of how these tools have transformed their lives. Each individual's success story will be connected to at least one specific principle of Compassionate Communication (aka: Nonviolent Communication). Joining Scott will be Katrina Vaillaincourt, a single mother who has used these tools to support her relationships with her ex-husband and her 11-year-old son. Visit www.LoveCoachScott.com for free worksheets.

Host Bio

Scott Catamas
Scott Catamas has dedicated his life to the education and enlightenment of all people through communication. He has won multiple Emmy awards for his educational television programs, which were broadcast nationally over PBS. Scott has also produced a wide variety of programs for HBO, SHOWTIME, NBC, UPN, FOX and PBS. He has reached millions through programs that he wrote, directed and/or produced via theatre, film and television.

In 2001, Scott was introduced to Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, the founder and creator of Nonviolent Communication, also known as NVC. Marshall’s organization hired Scott to produce video projects about Marshall and NVC. This provided Scott with the opportunity to travel with Marshall while filming his work. "I was deeply touched by the dynamic power of these tools, as well as the simplicity. I saw that anyone, regardless of their educational or cultural background, could immediately improve their relationships. I have been studying, practicing and teaching these tools ever since,” remarks Scott.

He currently teaches classes and workshops throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He also provides private coaching for individuals, couples, families, churches and businesses. Scott’s other interests include the Global Oneness Movement and environmental activism.

He was trained by Al Gore as a “Climate Project Presenter” and volunteers his time to high schools, colleges, conferences, festivals and fairs. Scott receives weekly updates from the Climate Project, and meets with Mr. Gore and his team once or twice a year. Scott’s presentations on the environment balance messages of urgency, hope and inspiration. He provides both scientific knowledge about our challenges and specific solutions that are now available.

Scott also spent time in India at the University of Oneness, where he learned how to give Oneness Blessings (also known as Deeksha). He has a long history of spiritual practice and study in a wide variety of disciplines and schools of thought. Scott honors all pathways to the Divine. He often starts and ends his workshops with Oneness Blessings.

He lives in Northern California with his beloved wife Gabriele and their two dogs. Gabriele often teaches with Scott and travels with him.

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