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In the Spotlight: Shantigarbha Warren 


shantigarbha warren 200x250Shantigarbha is an international NVC trainer, certified with the International Centre for Nonviolent Communication. He teaches on CNVC’s International Intensive Trainings (IITs), is a CNVC Assessor-in-training working in South Asia, and served on the Social Change and Peacemaking working group.

In 1996 he was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order. He was given the name Shantigarbha, which means “seed of peace”, hence the name of our organization. He currently serves on the Triratna International Council, is Secretary of the Triratna Trust (the Order charity), and coordinates the Triratna Restorative Pilot Project.

Shantigarbha has led NVC workshops and retreats in the UK, the Middle East, the US, India and Sri Lanka and offers coaching / counselling for individuals and couples. In 2011 he ran a reconciliation retreat for 100 Israelis and Palestinians near the Dead Sea. He’s author of a book on empathy: I’ll Meet You There.

He says: “Communication can change the world. I want to connect with people, to create a safe learning environment, to have fun, to mourn and celebrate!”

Listen below Shantigarbha Warren as he shares his first NVC Life Hacks on Partnership. This is the first in a series of tips on applying NVC to daily life. In this episode, Shantigarbha offers five tips for improving communication in relationships. Discover the first 10 Life Hacks below with Shantigarbha! 

Mourning Our Way to Acceptance

Article •  7 - 11 minutes • 
Beginner Skill Level
Article
7 - 11 minutes

When something happens that we don't like no amount of resentment nor magical thinking will make it disappear. Instead, we can mourn to dissolve our own resistance, resentment, and numbness of resignation. Mourning can allow us to feel pain with acceptance, and without needing to be okay with what happened. Acceptance can bring us to a place where even all the anguish in the world is fully, part of life.


Pain Lasers and Love Lasers

Article •  5 - 7 minutes • 
Beginner Skill Level
Article
5 - 7 minutes

In lasers, light bounces between the mirrors, with each pass the light grows more intense. Our minds work similarly. Because of the "mirror" effect, where we can react to our reactions to our reactions to our reactions (and so on), changing our thought pattern even modestly at every level of reaction, can dramatically affect our ultimate experience.  Usually the greatest amplifiers are the ones we notice the least.  Learn what to notice -- to amplify more love rather than pain.


The Freedom of Committing to a Path

Article •  5 - 8 minutes • 
Intermediate Skill Level
Article
5 - 8 minutes

In June, 1996, I had an epiphany. In a motel room in Indiana, the night before returning home from a solo camping trip in Michigan and Canada, I discovered how much I had lost in my life because of so fiercely protecting myself. Up until that day, bringing forth my vulnerable self was to be avoided at all costs, which kept me numb much of the time, disconnected from myself and from much of life. Alone in my room, I cried, I talked out loud, and I finally exclaimed to myself that I wanted to reclaim every last bit of my vulnerability, just like I had it as a child.


Dealing With Disappointment

Article •  3 - 5 minutes • 
Beginner Skill Level
Article
3 - 5 minutes

Disappointment emerges when there is a gap between what we want, expect or hope for, and what is happening. When this occurs it can be tempting to make someone or the situation wrong. Instead, rather than pushing against the flow of life we can rejoin it, non-judgmentally notice our observations and feelings. Plus we can nurture acceptance and mourning. We can also remember that what's happening isn't permanent.


Recovering from Reactivity

Audio •  30 minutes • 
Intermediate Skill Level
Audio
30 minutes

Join CNVC Certified Trainers Jim and Jori Manske for this session that will help you minimize your reactivity and live in greater choice.


Healing and Reconciliation (7 Session Course)

Audio •  7 - 9 hours • 
Beginner Skill Level
Audio
7 - 9 hours

Old emotional hurts and pains can easily erupt when you’re in the throes of conflict – even if you’re the mediator. Wouldn’t it be lovely if you could avoid all of that, and instead create more peace and happiness for yourself, your family, your co-workers and your community?


Life Force and the Spirituality of Human Needs (6 Session Course)

Audio •  6 - 9 hours • 
Beginner Skill Level
Audio
6 - 9 hours

Your needs and your values are your Life Force: the river that flows through your spirit and your life, giving life and light to your being. Explore this river with Robert, and map out routes that support your growth. Gain a deeper understadning and acceptance of the spirituality and beauty of needs and values.


Diving Deeper Into the Spiral of Life (6 Session Course)

Audio •  6 hours, 2 minutes • 
Beginner Skill Level
Audio
6 hours, 2 minutes

We invite you to dive into this voyage, where you and Robert will swim ever deeper into the Spiral of Life, coming face-to-face with your divine Life Force – that essential living energy that permeates all.


Three Necessities for Integrating NVC

Audio •  1 hour, 11 minutes • 
Beginner Skill Level
Audio
1 hour, 11 minutes

Inspired by a talk given by Marshall Rosenberg, Jim offers an interactive exploration of powerful strategies for making NVC an integral part of your everyday life.


From Suffering to Aliveness: Not Fighting Reality

Audio •  26 minutes • 
Beginner Skill Level
Audio
26 minutes

How we relate to life parallels how we relate to others! Learn how to have a more healthy way of relating to situations and people when your needs are not being met. Bob Wentworth offers some wisdom on moving from suffering to aliveness through not fighting what is.


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