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Free audio meditations ~ coming soon!

Audio 1: Grounding meditation.

Audio 2: Sleep meditation.

Audio 3: Stress clearing meditation.

Diane’s list of do’s and don’ts for living a peaceful life


  • Stop, close your eyes, and inhale slowly. Pause, and exhale slowly. Do four more slow inhales and exhales. Open your eyes. Congratulations you’ve just reset yourself!
    Make random acts of kindness part of your daily routine.
  • Spend time outside every day being consciously aware of the natural world.
  • Be grateful.
  • Recognize mistakes, yours’ and others’, as learning opportunities.
  • Silence your inner critic.
  • Replace judgment with offers of grace.
  • Be humble.
  • Search for understanding and middle ground.
  • Remember, you don’t have to attend every fight you’re invited to.
  • Understand boundaries and heed them.
  • Understand, each person is doing the best he or she can.


  • Don’t draw lines in the sand.
  • Don’t define issues as win or lose.
  • Don’t try to change or rewrite the past.
  • Don’t try to change other people.
  • Don’t heap criticism on yourself or others.
  • Don’t hurry, don’t exaggerate, don’t gossip.
  • Don’t pressure others in order to make a point.
  • Don’t try to make others look bad by exaggerating the credit you are due in a situation.
  • Don’t define your problems as more serious than your colleagues’ problems.
  • Don’t focus solely on yourself in a conversation.
  • Don’t judge: you don’t know anyone else’s journey.

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Meet Your Brilliant Practicing Expert:

Attorney Diane L. Mader practices divorce mediation, collaborative divorce, and divorce coaching. Her experience teaches her, “Collaboration and Mediation empower spouses to create a divorce agreement which aligns with their values and goals.”

Reviewing finances, brainstorming settlement options, and reaching an agreement acceptable to both spouses is complex and emotional. Diane’s talents as a facilitator assure ideas are thoroughly explored and agreements thoughtfully reached. She maintains a calm, civil atmosphere during negotiation.

Diane’s careful drafting of agreements is appreciated by her clients. She advises: “Never draft legal documents yourself. Simply put, you don’t know what you don’t know. Leave drafting to an expert.”

Diane coaches individuals who are struggling with divorce related issues before, during, and after divorce. Diane’s coaching offers professional, structured listening, goal-setting, and problem-solving. Diane works with co-parents through the sometimes rough waters of establishing new parenting routines after divorce.

Over thirty years of divorce practice experience is ultimately about peace-making in challenging times. In the midst of a trial a Judge told Diane how grateful he was for her work as a “problem-solver rather than a trouble maker.” Diane was touched by such high praise from a Judge who had observed her in divorce court for years.

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