Popular Topic: empathy


Deepening Relationships With Family
September 30, 2019  •  Article  • 

It's important to remember how to find joy in the things we love about our family and friends. Though we often associate communication skills with handling conflict (see

The Practice of Mindful Communication
June 17, 2019  •  Article  • 
There is one activity we each do every day, all day long, in every area of our lives—at home, at work, with friends, even when we’re alone. The success of our relationships, our work, and life in general rests heavily on it, ...
Transformative Dialogue
May 17, 2019  •  Article  • 

Have you ever persevered through a challenging situation with a friend and come out the other side with more respect for one another? Or worked out a disagreement with a loved one, finding that you feel even closer, with ...

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 ...

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 ...

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