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In the Spotlight: Loving Yourself


"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within."
—Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

"To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself."
—Thich Nhat Hanh

"You can’t build joy on a feeling of self-loathing."
—Ram Dass

"Your task is not to seek for Love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it."
—Rumi, 13th-century Sufi poet

Kathleen Macferran's "What Would Be Possible If I Loved Myself?" is a great way to begin a new year. Grow your self-worth, experience greater freedom of expression, learn to truly celebrate who you are, and more. The first session is available to all, even those who are not Library members. Listen just below...

Kathleen Macferran

Kathleen Macferran

CNVC Certified Trainer from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

Kathleen Macferran is a CNVC Certified Trainer and offers Nonviolent Communication (NVC) training to schools, community groups, churches, hospitals, families, correctional officers and prison inmates. She is one of the trainers for the Freedom Project, an organization that strengthens our community through supporting the transformation of prisoners into peacemakers. In addition to working with the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC), Kathleen  was the music director for the Rainier Chamber Winds for 16 years. Kathleen views the music ensemble as a wonderful metaphor for social organization since the wellbeing of one individual clearly depends on the wellbeing of all.

Kathleen offers training in concrete skills of nonviolence leading to reconciliation with ourselves, our loved ones and the community.

Website: Strength of Connection

To see Kathleen's TEDx talk on creating safety in our communities through connection: Click here

NVC Library Resources with Kathleen Macferran

Ten years of sharing NVC in Washington State prisons has deepened Kathleen Macferrans's conviction that nonviolence is truly a soul force—a force that transforms any heart touched by its clarity and power. Katheleen shares some stories when tensions ran high in prison workshops, and a fierce holding of how the NVC process helped us navigate. Kathleen explores how to support you in moving through your challenging situations with more clarity and grace.
How do we deal with ourselves when we're less than perfect? Listen in as Kathleen guides you through a 6-step exercise in empathic presence based on Marshall Rosenberg's Self-Empathy process.
In this thought provoking talk, Kathleen Macferran explores the power of listening to open doors and potentially to transform people. This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences.

Join Kathleen for a gentle, compassionate exploration and embracing of your true self. Reclaim your self-worth, experience greater freedom when expressing your self and actually celebrate who you are in the world.  Delve into what self-love is and is not – including how to distinguish self-worth from negative cultural labels such as self-obsession and selfishness.

The first session of this course is available for all to listen to and enjoy.

Are we really safer when we put those who harm others behind bars and forget about them? Explore turning our prisons into houses of healing and creating connections that lead to greater safety for our communities.
This telecourse recording is for anyone wanting to integrate empathy into his/her life in a more natural, authentic way.
This telecourse recording is for anyone wanting to integrate empathy into his/her life in a more natural, authentic way.
This telecourse recording is for anyone wanting to integrate empathy into his/her life in a more natural, authentic way.
This telecourse recording is for anyone wanting to integrate empathy into his/her life in a more natural, authentic way.
Some of my core beliefs make experiencing gratitude difficult . For example, it’s difficult to celebrate others or myself when I think I have to prove my worth in order to be accepted. So much energy goes into proving myself, there’s little left for celebration.
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