Holiday SeasonNVC Library

In the Spotlight:
NVC and the Holiday Season

"As NVC replaces our old patterns of defending, withdrawing or attacking in the face of judgment and criticism. We come to perceive ourselves and others, as well as our intentions and relationships, in a new light. Resistance, defensiveness, and violent reactions are minimized."

— Marshall B. Rosenberg

Listen as Jim and Jori Manske explore How to Open Your Holiday Presence. Learn and practice self-awareness skills with Jim and Jori Manske; savor feelings of well-being; express these feelings to others; and receive others messages of joy, gratitude, inspiration, and more!  Click just below.

Simple Self-Empathy Tools to Help You Enjoy the Holidays

Introductory Skill Level • Audio • 00:39 hours:minutes
Introductory Skill Level
00:39 hours:minutes
Join CNVC Certified Trainer Mary Mackenzie to learn a few of her tried-and-true simple Self-Empathy techniques, especially focused on the challenges of the holiday season.

How to Open Your Holiday Presence

Beginner Skill Level • Audio • 00:48 hours:minutes
Beginner Skill Level
00:48 hours:minutes

This recording is free for all to enjoy during November.

In this telecourse recording, you will learn and practice self-awareness skills to fine tune your attention to met needs; savoring feelings of well-being; expressing these feelings to others; and receiving other people's messages of joy, gratitude, inspiration and more!

Equanimity and the Holidays

Intermediate Skill Level • Article • Read time: 2-3 minutes
Intermediate Skill Level
Read time: 2-3 minutes
If you're unpleasantly triggered during the holidays you may find yourself responding in ways you don't like. Start by acknowledging how affected you are to bring in more curiosity, mindfulness and eventually, authentic and discerning choices.

Social Dynamics During the Holidays

Intermediate Skill Level • Trainer Tip • 2 - 3 minutes
Intermediate Skill Level
Trainer Tip
2 - 3 minutes
During the holiday season we may find ourselves taking responsibility for other's feelings, which can lead to guilt, shame, depression, and resentment. These feelings are exacerbated by the habitual pattern we call the "Vortex of Submission" (being hooked by a sense of duty and obligation). Read on for ways to recognize and break the pattern.

Greeting the Holidays with an Open, Joyful Heart

Beginner Skill Level • Audio • 01:24 hours:minutes
Beginner Skill Level
01:24 hours:minutes
Please join us as we take a look at what disrupts our joy during the holidays… and discuss the delicious possibilities that abound when we declare our intention to "Greet the Holidays with an Open, Joyful Heart."

How to Survive the Holidays: 6 Communication Tips

Intermediate Skill Level • Article • Read Time: 6 - 10 minutes
Intermediate Skill Level
Read Time: 6 - 10 minutes
For many, spending time with relatives over the holidays may be challenging. In addition to the love and care we may feel, family gatherings can bring up old hurts or expose painful differences. How many family meals have been marred by tense silence or devolved into harsh argument?

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