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What Do You Want to Do with Your Magnificent Life?

Dear friend,

Happy New Year from me and from the NVC Academy Team: Bob Garmon, Jessica Vogt, Lore Baur, Mark Schultz, Melissa Pai Ling, Rachel Garmon, and Robin O'Brien! We are so happy to be in community and in the service of bringing NVC to the world's populations with YOU. I send you a warm and heartfelt THANK YOU!

January always brings me a sense of hope. It can be bitterly cold in some parts of the world, and yet even then the days begin to get longer and there's a noticeable increase in sunlight for many of us. And that increased sunlight feels so nourishing on my face and body, like a soft touch from a dear and wholly predictable friend.

As we venture into 2020, I am reminded to come up to that light and imagine what I would like to do this coming year, instead of focusing on (or grumbling about) the dark and cold days.

I approach this time of imagining not as a resolution but as an affirmation that can guide me like a compass that guides me through the woods when I have lost my way (which, sadly, has been more times than I care to count, literally and figuratively!). I find this process helps me make decisions and keeps me on track.

I see 2020 as a time for me to clarify and synthesize. I turned 60 in 2018, and it has become clear to me that my time on earth is limited. I am no longer feeling sad about this or running from the thought. Instead I am joyfully focused on how I want to live this next phase of my life. And a question that I mentioned in a previous Growing Roots keeps popping into my head, "What would you like to do with your magnificent life?"

So, this is my 2020 mantra:
What would you like to do with your magnificent life?
Clarify and synthesize.

I now see this next phase of my life as an adventure, and I feel so grateful to no longer be overwhelmed with mourning about it.

If forgiveness work is on your list (and really, when is it not on the list?!), I highly recommend Sarah Payton's upcoming course: Healing Trauma, Finding Forgiveness: Partners, Parents, Children, and Self (2020),which starts this month. Sarah beautifully and seamlessly blends NVC with neuroscience, and we receive feedback time and time again that her courses are healing and life-affirming. We have included a free snippet in this month's Growing Roots to give you a taste of what Sarah's course will cover. I hope you enjoy it.

Welcome to 2020, my friend. I wish you an abundance of adventure, clarity, fun, love, and warmth this year!

With warmth and appreciation,

CNVC Certified Trainer and Co-Founder, NVC Academy
p.s. You may also now read these monthly letters on my blog!

end of this section Monthly Gift. The Shadow in Human Relationship. Sarah Peyton ~ NVCfest 2019 Session. What don't we know about ourselves? Our unconscious contracts impact us, our shadow selves, and our relationships. In this snippet, Sarah uses her own unconscious contract to demonstrate navigating through reactions to today’s political environment. Listen. end of this section If you found Sarah’s demonstration helpful, you may be interested in registering for her new course, Healing Trauma, Finding Forgiveness: Partners, Parents, Children, and Self. Check it out!end of this section Special Event. Earth Empathy Circles. Two dates remain: January 12 and 19. The story of climate change is the story of loss. It is the loss of home, security, and even hope. We invite you to come together in community to grieve in the spirit of love and gratitude for the gifts we have received from this ailing planet. Co-sponsored by the NVC Academy and Work Collaboratively. Find Out More. end of this section Enjoy a Weekly Boost of NVC! NVC Reflections, with Mary Mackenzie. Now you can receive thought-provoking weekly excerpts from Peaceful Living, Mary’s daily meditation book for living NVC – consciously. Sign Up.end of this section Courses and Events Beginning in January. All times listed are Pacific (California) times. “Because of the classes I have taken, I have NVC colleagues and friends – including a couple of wonderful empathy buddies – from all over the world.” –P.M.

New Year's Peace Meditation
Mary Mackenzie
January 1 • 9:00 - 9:20am PST
This event has passed, but you can still sign up and follow the recorded meditation.


Healing Trauma, Finding Forgiveness: Partners, Parents, Children, and Self
Sarah Peyton
Wednesdays, January 29 - March 18 • 5:00 - 6:30pm PST

Ongoing Courses

Taste of Compassionate Leadership:
Monthly Video Conference ~ FREE:

Jim Manske, Jori Manske, and Guest Trainers
Next meeting in January 2020 (December skipped) • 4:00 - 6:00pm PST

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