Popular Topic: compassion


The Necessity of Joy
February 28, 2019  •  Article  • 

I grew up on the east coast, whose gentle hills and particular blend of evergreen and deciduous trees still soothes me. On the weekends, we would drive about two hours north to the Hudson Valley of New York state, where ...

Learning How to Listen
January 25, 2019  •  Article  • 

Listening is a cornerstone of dialogue and a powerful metaphor for spiritual practice. When we’re willing and able to listen, we open a conduit that allows connection and understanding to happen.

There are so many ways to listen. We can listen to the content of what ...

Interdependence in Action: How to Change Agreements with Care
January 17, 2019  •  Article  • 

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In 2004, a few days into the first of four week-long retreats of a yearlong program I was co-leading, one participant, who I will call Barbara, informed the program leaders that she ...

Nonviolence: Commitment, Capacity, and Community
January 8, 2019  •  Article  • 

In the mid 1990s I went on a backpacking trip with a friend that turned into a relational nightmare. Reverberating from the intense conflict, we set aside time to reweave intimacy and understanding. At a certain point, she expressed what seemed almost like anger directed at me for not ...

Your Inner Leader
November 1, 2018  •  Article  • 

When building successful relationships, it can be very helpful to see yourself as a collection of different inner parts that developed in your psyche due to your various life experiences. There are all kinds of inner parts: a child part, a critic part, a victim part, a monster, a ...

Laughter, IPNB and Empathy
October 1, 2018  •  Article  • 
“Alicia, do you have a needs guess for Jonathan,” I asked in an empathy circle last week.

Instead of a needs guess, Alicia said, “I’m guessing that if he gets his daughter a tutor, she’ll do better.”

For everyone who loves NVC, these are ...
Compassion: Mature, Astute & Courageous
March 3, 2018  •  Article  • 

For both seasoned and new NVC aficionados, I think many would agree that the word ‘empathy’ typically becomes central to one’s understanding of what NVC is all about. One might even argue that empathy is itself synonymous with NVC. The beauty of this strong pairing is of course ...

Giving the Gift of Compassionate Giving
January 1, 2018  •  Article  • 
What I want in my life is compassion, a flow between myself and others based on a mutual giving from the heart.
-Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D.

Can you imagine that?  What would the world be like if there was flow between ...
Expanding Our Capacity to Love
January 1, 2017  •  Article  • 
What if we came to this world to expand our capacity to love? What if we had to forget where we came from in order to fulfill that quest, like water evaporating from the ocean and traveling to land to nourish soil. What if the painful and traumatic events of ...
Bringing Compassion to Painful Places
January 1, 2017  •  Article  • 
The end of a marriage, the destruction of nature, a politician who does not share your values winning an election, how on earth do we bring compassion to these painful experiences? Compassion enters into painful places when we find a willingness to be present to what we experience, beginning with ...
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