Tip of the Week – Talking Pieces

I had a student approach me and comment on the 14 pages in Kay Pranis’s book “Peacemaking Circles” dedicated to the talking piece.  It was a good reminder for me.  I have gathered a variety of talking pieces and my favorites are the ones that other people give me.  Introducing a talking piece is a great opportunity to role model sharing.  I have found pieces from nature to be calming.  I like palm size or easily held with one hand.  If you know me, you know I love my rocks as talking pieces.

Keep your eyes and heart open to a new piece, see what the piece brings out in Circle.  A good talking piece can often be the subject of a getting acquainted round.  I like to remind people if they are wanting to pass, to just take a moment and hold the piece and consider moving from head to heart.  Checking in with the heart to make sure there is really nothing to say.

Leave a comment about your favorite talking piece!