Jim Manske

Jim Manske

“Know what you want before you open your mouth.” -Marshall Rosenberg, developer of Nonviolent Communication
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 ...
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 ...

What if there's no such thing as a perfect strategy?  (Strategies are behaviors intended to contribute to fulfilling a universal human need.)

What that means to me is that no matter which strategic choice I make, some needs will be satisfied while others remain hungry. We ...

Once we learn a communication tool like NVC, our enthusiasm can extend to a heartfelt desire to share it with others.  We imagine that if we are benefiting from the tools of empathy, honesty and self-connection, those we love and care for will also.  We notice that our ...