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What Do You Value?

Dear friend,

Years ago, Marshall Rosenberg said, "Anger can be a wonderful wake up call to help you understand what you need and what you value."

I have been sitting with this phrase during these devastating months of 2020, pondering what it is that each of us needs and values, and revisiting what exactly it is that I need and value. What comes up for me is connection. Compassion. Empathy. Clarity. To be seen and heard for our outrage. And for life to be equitable for us all.

But it isn't.

Incidents of racism and discrimination – from tiny, easy-to-miss interactions that can traumatize in their repeated nature, to sudden and horrible killings – occur daily in our streets, our homes, where we work, in our places of worship, and our schools…

We have an undeniable problem, and we have work to do. We all have work to do.

Black lives matter.

We at the NVC Academy stand in solidarity with those who are protesting across the world. We yearn to see an end to the violence and systemic racism that has had a chokehold on our country. The NVC Academy team chooses to educate ourselves on issues of racism and privilege and to offer educational opportunities to others.

As an individual, here are three things that I am doing to take action TODAY, and I hope you will join me:

  • Donate to your local Black Lives Matter organization, the global Black Lives Matter Foundation, or any other organization that is taking action in alignment with your values
  • Donate to local non-profit organizations that are run by or support people of color
  • Make a point to seek out and do business with companies, corporations, banks, or shops that are run by people of color

Here are a number of resources that you may find helpful in expanding your own understanding of the issues related to systemic racism and privilege:

NONFICTION BOOKS

BOOKS FOR PARENTS WITH KIDS

PODCASTS / VIDEOS

PUDDLEDANCER PRESS

NVC LIBRARY (membership requried)

NVC MARKETPLACE

I hope this list is supportive to you, and that you will join me in taking some kind of action today.

We have hundreds of years of history to rethink, and creating systems that truly value everyone is beyond most of our imaginations. Quick solutions seem impossible and naïve to dream of. And yet, I know individual action makes a difference – and doing nothing leaves me feeling even less hopeful that things will shift. I acknowledge that the actions I take today may not be seen or felt in my lifetime, yet they do have an impact and will be felt in the future.

With compassion,

Mary Mackenzie
CNVC Certified Trainer and Co-Founder, NVC Academy

p.s. You may now also read these monthly letters on my blog!
 
end of this section Monthly Gift. Self-Empathy. Mary Mackenzie ~ Session 4. Listen in as Mary deftly demonstrates a self-empathy process based on NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming). This unique process uses very few words, yet enables you to remain focused and grounded when you are feeling unable to think clearly, or are feeling agitated or even scared. Check it Out. end of this section Isn't it a joy to find a process that uses only a few words yet works so well? If you would enjoy learning more about processes like this, check out Mary's upcoming course, The Amazing Power of Empathy, which begins July 13th.
end of this section Courses and Events Beginning in July. All times listed are Pacific (California) times. "I would like us to create peace at three levels and have each of us to know how to do it. First, within ourselves. That is to know how we can be peaceful with ourselves when we're less than perfect, for example. How we can learn from our limitations without blaming and punishing ourselves." –Marshall Rosenberg
 

 

The Amazing Power of Empathy
Mary Mackenzie
Mondays, July 13 - August 3 • 5:00 - 7:00pm PDT

Parenting without Obedience: An Introduction to Intergenerational Collaboration
Miki Kashtan and Arnina Kashtan, with assistance from Lisa Rothman
Sundays, July 19 - August 16 • 7:30 - 9:30am PDT
Timed to support greater accessibility for our global community

Ongoing Courses
Connection Based Parenting
Ian Peatey and Monia Reu
Registration open: register any time! • SELF PACED COURSE


The "Let's Work Collaboratively" Coaching Program
Dian Killian
Wednesdays, through December 16 • 9:00 - 10:30am PDT / PST


Responding to the Call of Our Times: A Leadership Coaching Program
Miki Kashtan
Fridays, through December 11th • 12:00 - 2:00pm PDT / PST

Taste of Compassionate Leadership:
Monthly Video Conference ~ FREE:

Jim Manske, Jori Manske, and Guest Trainers
Meets the 4th Saturday of most months • 4:00 - 6:00pm PST

 
end of this section NVC Multimedia Library. The worlds largest online NVC training library. In the Spotlight: Social Justice. With humility, tenderness, courage, and concrete examples, Roxy Manning challenges and encourages you to open your heart and mind during the first session of her 2019 course, From Awareness to Action. This complimentary resource is available to all, even those who are not Library members. Listen. end of this section In the Spotlight: Social Justice. With humility, tenderness, courage, and concrete examples, Roxy Manning challenges and encourages you to open your heart and mind during the first session of her 2019 course, From Awareness to Action. This complimentary resource is available to all, even those who are not Library members. Listen.
 

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