Ways to Increase Compassion and Peacemaking for Self and Others
Here are a few of my favorite ways to learn about a way of thinking and communicating called NVC which stands for Non-violent Communication. This process, developed over the last 50 years by Marshall Rosenberg, is being evolved by many folks and is sometimes called “compassionate communication”, or “communication that connects” and “effective communication”. Communication connects all life together, from the ecological to the social & political worlds. I believe this kind of communication is one of the most important skills we can learn. Enjoy the practice, the challenge, the outcomes ! Warmly, Deanne
We Practice To
•Be more compassionate with ourselves and others by increasing our awareness of our feelings and needs
•Distinguish our actual observations from our story about what happened
•Translate our judgmental thoughts into the underlying feelings and needs
•Receive “hard to hear” statements without taking it personally
•Support our own values while honoring the needs of others
•Connect with a sense of aliveness and appreciation
Words are windows, or they’re walls,
They sentence us, or set us free.
When I speak and when I hear,
Let the love light shine through me. –Ruth Bebermeyer
VIDEO11 min. By Brian Johnson summarizing the book “Nonviolent Communication~ The Language of Life” by Marshall Rosenberg
Below are lots of free videos and resources. I also included some study courses that cost some money and are of high quality.
Join the online Compassion Course – Register by June 19th (there may be a “grace period) Each week there is a weekly email lesson, and other opportunities for connection and support. Quite awesome. $50 or free.
Blame Free State This audio with powerpoint images is a 1 hour webinar with Francois Beausoleil of the Blame Free State Institute. The first 3 minutes are an introduction. Hang in there, it’s good. It also covers the basics of NVC. February 7, 2017
NVC BASICS AUDIO These videos are where I started learning about NVC – on a blackberry. Marshall Rosenberg shares his journey with creating this language of the heart, language that connects. It’s one of my favorite way to learn non-violent communication. Maybe you would like to try the first 15 minutes, or the first segment and find out what you think.