Compassionate Communication

Compassionate Communication

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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

•Listen empathically

•Receive “hard to hear” statements without taking it personally

•Make Requests

•Support our own values while honoring the needs of others

•Connect with a sense of aliveness and appreciation

  • ONline Compassion Course with Thom Bond. This Year-long course ~ weekly emails with a lesson and practice, plus monthly webinars. FAB. This is the main way I have been studying and practicing Nonviolent Communication (NVC)  You can join the course for $72 a year, or free.  Starts in mid June, each year.
  • The Online Compassion Course follows THE COMPASSION BOOK : Lessons from The Compassion Course! Just $11 plus shipping. It is great all on its own!  I buy multiple copies to give and sell!  I read from it each day!

BELOW ARE OTHER RESOURCES RESOURCES ON this way of viewing the world which promotes connection & compassion!

2021-8-7 A NEW 30 MIN FAVORITE Introductory video:

Image result for nonviolent communication 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

Top 7 Key NVC Sentences. 4 min. Video.  One of my favorite resources !

SHIFTING TOWARD COMPASSION – an Exercise in Empathy for Self & Others !  A basic process!!

11 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.

  • Michigan Public Radio interview with Lisa Gotleib who teaches Non-Violent Communication.”How to navigate communication about the election.”
  • 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
  • Wheel of Universal Human Needs + Feelings list and more.  Note copyrights including

    BASICS AUDIO  by Marshall Rosenberg, from the book A Language of Life.  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, and find out what you think.  Some things I might differ with now, yet, there is so much that resonates !  Thom Bond studied with Marshall.  Thom and others are taking this work out, and evolving it.

Image result for nonviolent communication0:00:34 SESSION #1 Introduction
1:00:54 SESSION #2 Applying NVC
2:08:44 SESSION #3 Honesty
3:12:44 SESSION #4 Empathy part one
4:20:42 SESSION #5 Relationships
5:18:34 SESSION #6 Authority
6:14:06 SESSION #7 Empathy part two
7:10:35 SESSION #8 Social Change
8:00:18 SESSION #9 Sincere Gratitude

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