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Imagine Peace!

by Nancy Hudgins, Debra Synovec
December 2008

From the Real Divorce Mediation Blog of Nancy Hudgins and Debra Synovec

Imagine what would happen if everyone practiced non-violence and chose peace!

Dedication to non-violence and peace in behavior and thought is a primary reason that I have chosen to practice mediation. Mediation fosters non-violent, constructive conflict resolution more than other forms of dispute resolution. Through my own practice I look for ways to advance peace in the world. A dear friend just brought my attention to an amazing movement to raise peace consciousness!

On November 7, 2008, Deepak Chopra, took a vow of non-violence in his thoughts, in his speech and in his actions. He then asked the almost 500 people attending the plenary session for the Alliance for a New Humanity in Barcelona if they would join him in this commitment. He then invited everyone to join in this commitment and take the vow which can be done at .

I am taking the vow as part of my Thanksgiving gratitude ritual---acknowledging all the good in my life, affirming my dedication to peace and offering my pledge to make this contribution to our world. If you feel inspired and ready to do so, I invite you to also take (or renew) this vow!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Nancy Hudgins, a San Francisco mediator and lawyer, began specializing in civil litigation in the 1970's. She has represented both plaintiffs and defendants, chiefly in personal injury, medical malpractice, elder abuse and product liability lawsuits, but also in a wide variety of complex litigation, including civil rights, fraud and class actions. She has settled and mediated thousands of cases. In addition to civil litigation mediation, she also co-mediates divorces with John Duda, a marriage and family therapist.

Debra Synovec, a Seattle-based mediator and lawyer, has mediated divorces for 20 years. She believes in empowering the parties to reach their own resolution.