Rita Marie Johnson, Rasur Foundation International CEO, Receives Prestigious Nautilus Book Award for Completely Connected,
A Guide to the Prevention of Violence

Winning Book Teaches a Transformative Skill, the Connection Practice, that Eliminates Unnecessary Suffering and Enriches Lives

GILROY, Calif., June 14, 2016 – Rasur Foundation International, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching a social-emotional skill for a more connected world, announces that its founder and CEO, Rita Marie Johnson, has won an esteemed Nautilus Book Award for Completely Connected: Uniting Our Empathy and Insight for Extraordinary Results. For 18 years, Nautilus Book Awards has recognized Better Books for a Better World, books that promote conscious living, positive social change and spiritual growth as they stimulate the imagination to new possibilities. Selected from hundreds of 2015 book submissions, Ms. Johnson’s book won a Silver award in the Psychology category.

“In light of the horrific events that plague our society, from vicious bullying to acts of terrorism, I hope my book will open a dialogue about how unnecessary suffering can be eliminated through the social-emotional competence of the Connection Practice,” said Bay Area resident, Rita Marie Johnson. “Many people throw up their hands and feel helpless in the face of violence, which is a symptom of disconnection. The Connection Practice efficiently builds the skill of connection, as we have witnessed in the United States and other countries like Japan, where they recently published my book in Japanese.  Isn’t it time that we looked at the deeper problem and solved it through this innovative, scientifically verified method?”

The Connection Practice, a scientifically based social-emotional method developed by Johnson, has already impacted over 100,000 students in Costa Rican schools, supported by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, President Oscar Arias.   Now close to 150 trainers have been certified and thousands of adults in the United States and other countries have engaged in the practice. Eileen Rockefeller, an author and philanthropist – who was an early supporter of social-emotional learning in US schools – has endorsed the method as “a much-needed, simple and effective approach.”

The prestigious Nautilus Book Awards honors books that inspire and connect our lives as individuals, communities, and global citizens. Conferred to prominent authors such as The Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra, Thich Nhat Hanh, Charles, Prince of Wales and Desmund Tutu, Nautilus Book Awards winners are selected in a three-tier judging process by experienced teams of book reviewers, librarians, authors, editors, book store owners, and leaders in the publishing industry.

About Rasur Foundation International

Rasur Foundation International (RFI) envisions a world where every person practices the art of connection and passes this gift to the next generation. Through coaches and trainers certified by RFI, the Connection Practice is spreading rapidly in schools, businesses, nonprofits and in faith-based communities worldwide. Visit www.rasurinternational.org or call +1-214-458-4345.

Editorial Contact:
Francine Bacchini
Rasur Foundation International
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francine@rasurinternational.org