Popular Topic: empathy


On Listening: Unlearning Old Habits to Build Stronger Relationships
November 10, 2018  •  Article  • 

I used to think that listening to someone was as simple as staying quiet while they talked. And frankly, I thought I was pretty good at it—I didn’t interrupt, friends opened up with me easily and I got along well with most people. Then something happened that ...

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 ...
Using NVC on Silent Retreat; Opening the Door to the Field of Connection
September 12, 2018  •  Article  • 

I love the topic Mary has offered for these blogs- what’s new in NVC. Something new- at least in relation to the inception of NVC- is the integration of NVC into many spiritual paths by NVC trainers and practitioners.

“The Zero Step:  What we do before we open our mouths influences what happens next!
March 19, 2018  •  Article  • 
“Know what you want before you open your mouth.” -Marshall Rosenberg, developer of Nonviolent Communication
NVC Conversations About Privilege and Power-Over
February 21, 2018  •  Article  • 

Last year, Mary Mackenzie of the NVC Academy (NVCA) organized an online symposium Removing Our Blinders: Seeing the Impact of Power and Privilege that I consider courageous and visionary. The symposium offered an opportunity for those of ...

Let it RAIN!
February 14, 2017  •  Article  • 
For me, remembering the distinction between needs and strategies supports well-being because it goes to the root of suffering.  To clarify what I mean, consider this example I heard at a recent workshop:  "When I need empathy and understanding I want to rely on my mate.  There ...
A Message from Botswana
February 5, 2018  •  Article  • 
In Botswana this week, I have shared nonviolent communication and leadership training in two secondary schools, with university students, and with teens who attended a parenting class. This is a country that has a median age of 26. I've been reflecting on how, throughout the world, teens are often looked at ...
A Love Song for our Hearts
January 30, 2018  •  Article  • 
Long ago, when I was 19 years old, I was in my college cafeteria, going through the buffet line with my tray. A young man in my German class, a person that I had admired, asked if he could speak with me for a moment. My heart leapt. Now maybe the ...
Kitty Empathy
January 15, 2018  •  Article  • 

Awhile ago, I passed by an ASPCA van, with cats up for adoption. I went over to take a look and fell in love with a cat called Caiden. I love Irish names, so he caught my attention. I already had two cats at home and wasn't looking for ...

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 ...
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