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Nonviolent Communication Circle of Life

Nonviolent Communication Circle of Life

Nonviolent Communication Circle of Life

with Christine King, Jean Morrison
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  • Skill Level: Introductory Skill Level
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  • Date Published: 01/2010

Circle of Life Description

NVC Circle of Life Mandala Color Illustration

The NVC Circle of Life is a mandala illustrating the process and consciousness of Nonviolent Communication. Mandala literally means "sacred circle" and has been used for centuries as a pictorial representation symbolizing wholeness, balance and harmony.

The four components of Nonviolent Communication – Observations, Feelings, Needs, and Requests – are at the heart of the mandala. The giraffe symbolizes our desire to keep our hearts open and stay connected to our compassionate nature. (Giraffes have the largest heart of the land mammals – 26 lbs!) Their height is a symbol for keeping a big perspective in order to see each person’s circumstances and needs.

Staying inside this circle keeps us connected to ourselves and others while expressing our honesty or listening with empathy. When we live within this inner circle, there is balance and wholeness. Our intention is to serve and celebrate life.

This circle represents NVC consciousness to value everyone’s needs and keep attention focused in the present moment. Our Intention is for compassionate Connection (with self and others) which invites Choice and Freedom.


When we find ourselves using habitual reactive speech patterns, we can lose our balance and operate from the outer circle. The jackals represent separation and life-alienating thinking and language. They serve as a guide inviting our return to wholeness.

Circle of Life was designed by Jean Morrison and Christine King, CNVC Certified Trainers (cnvc.org), with graphic design support by Osa Sister.

We give permission to copy this illustration, enlarge it, use it as a teaching tool, and distribute widely. Please retain our business name and web address on each copy you make. Enjoy!

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