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NVC & Needs ConsciousnessIn the Spotlight: 
NVC & Needs Consciousness

"Every message, regardless of form or content, is an expression of a need."
— Marshall Rosenberg, PhD

A foundational practice of Living Compassion is what I call cultivating and dwelling in the Beauty of Needs. This involves specific practice in relaxing into fully embodied energetic qualities of life (needs) and developing present moment awareness. Compassionate Communication is a language of the heart. Yet, we are not able to truly live the language of the heart unless we are able to access the heart. Needs are the qualities of the heart that manifest in us as longings or yearnings. To learn to cultivate and live in the fullness of these qualities is the essence of living the fullness of life itself. An important aspect of self-compassion requires the development of simple presence. Presence is simple awareness. It’s not complicated and it doesn’t require an intellectual understanding to come to simple awareness of how the energies we call needs live in us.
— Robert Gonzales. PhD

Until the end of June, learn about universal human needs. Start by listening to Jim and Jori Manske  discuss the root of Nonviolent Communication, needs consciousness. Participate in guided processes to deepen your own needs consciousness.See just below.

Nonviolent Communication Basics

Article •  4 - 6 minutes • 
All Skill Levels
4 - 6 minutes

Here are some very basic forms and distinctions of NVC. It covers the 4 D's, OFNR, some NVC distinctions, tips, quotes from Marshall Rosenberg, and "feelings and needs" lists, and more. As with any art, these rudiments necessarily must be learned, practiced, understood, embodied and then let go of so as not to become rote and block creativity.


Article •  4 - 6 minutes • 
All Skill Levels
4 - 6 minutes

In listening to what our emotions tell us, and embracing what we do not know, we begin the path of courage. Even though our culture tells us not to, revealing our imperfections is where we can deeply connect. Living our lives more courageously honest, can shift us towards inspiring one another. Read on for how some people experienced this in coming together to transform one woman's heroine addiction.

Finding Common Ground in Challenging Times

Course Recording •  8 - 9 hours • 

Course Recording
8 - 9 hours
  • Find intuitive guidance for bridging divides
  • Connect to deep needs that have been habitually ignored
  • Discharge the anxiety held in old, embodied reactions
  • Make decisions and take actions that align with your values 
  • Cultivate resources for more enjoyably and more capably building relationships

Harmonizing Our Inner Conflicts

Video Conference •  3 hours • 

Video Conference
3 hours
  • Learn physical, emotional, and linguistic practices rooted in NVC and Aikido that you can use daily to self-connect
  • Discover how these practices combine to create more inner harmony and more clarity of expression 
  • Deepen your NVC practice beyond the words by connecting to parts of your being that hold the key to your needs
  • Build your ability to listen empathically with your whole being

Mourning and Celebration: Two Sides of Gratitude

Trainer Tip •  1 - 2 minutes • 
Introductory Skill Level
Trainer Tip
1 - 2 minutes

Mourning, grief and celebration is a way to connect with what we love and want to honor.  In this trainer tip we learn that these three things can become a way for us to understand our emotions regarding our losses and appreciations.

The Spiral Blend

Video •  15 minutes • 
Intermediate Skill Level
15 minutes

David explores how movement helps you hold your center when navigating challenging conversations. Example: Move to Wind ~ to calm your system; Move to Ground ~ to notice the ground on which you stand; and Step to Shikaku ~ step behind to practice empathic listening. Listen Now.

Somatic Practices for Embodying NVC

Video •  9 minutes • 
Beginner Skill Level
9 minutes

How do you build new learning paths and change old practices? Listen as David presents the elements of somatic practice — including those that build new learning paths — and discover where that learning “sweet spot” is!