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EmpathyIn the Spotlight: Empathy


"Empathy is a respectful understanding of what others are experiencing."
– Marshall Rosenberg, PhD

"I cannot say it enough. Most of us rarely feel truly heard and understood. Empathy, the simple act of hearing someone and focusing your attention on them, can be incredibly healing. Try to listen for the feelings and needs behind someone’s words. This isn’t always easy, but the results are remarkable."
– Mary Mackenzie

"With empathy we don't direct, we follow. Don't just do something, be there."
– Marshall Rosenberg, PhD 

During September, Empathy Hacking: The Art and Science of Empathy Guessing  with Dian Killian is freely available for all to listen to and enjoy. See just below.

The Ultimate Romance

Article  • 6 - 9 minutes • 01/2018
All Skill Levels
Article
6 - 9 minutes

For the ultimate romance to unfold, as an expression of your care for how your words and actions affect others, prioritize digging into your inner work before addressing conflict with them.  This means doing the inner work necessary to get to the root of the issue, which can bring bigger shifts, more aliveness, love, creativity, inspiration and compassion.  This doesn't mean letting the other person get away with unhealthy behaviour.


What is the Shadow?

Article  • 4 - 6 minutes • 01/2018
Beginner Skill Level
Article
4 - 6 minutes

What parts of yourself or others are hard to embrace, understand or even notice?  What parts do others have difficulty embracing, understanding or noticing?  Why do we condemn, loathe, hate, deny, judge, blame or feel shame around certain needs, feelings and parts of self and/or others? This article talks about the hidden parts of ourselves and others that shapes views and behaviours.


Increasing Your Capacity to Feel

Article  • 4 - 6 minutes • 01/2018
Beginner Skill Level
Article
4 - 6 minutes

What's really going on underneath the surface when we bring or encounter blame, judgements, pain -- and thereby the inability to empathize, be present, attuned, or responsive?  Why does this happen even if one or more people in a relationship dynamic is working hard at bringing in an NVC response? This article addresses these and more questions from the perspective of how our brains are affected in our relationships.


Needs: A Foundation of Inner Freedom, Empowerment and Peace

Article  • 3 -5 minutes • 2005
Beginner Skill Level
Article
3 -5 minutes

The human needs that we all share are the foundation of the Nonviolent Communication (NVC) process because it is in connecting to needs that we find inner freedom, empowerment and compassion.


It Takes a Community to Raise a Relationship

Article  • 5 - 8 minutes • 2005
Intermediate Skill Level
Article
5 - 8 minutes
Using his own life experience, Eric explores why we need support from others, what support might look like, and what blocks us from asking for support for our relationships.

Three Life Changing Choices Singles Can Make to Avoid Heartbreaking Relationships

Audio  • 45 minutes • 10/9/2012
Beginner Skill Level
Audio
45 minutes

Join Eric, as he reveals a clear path from heartbreaking intimate relationships to joyful, thriving intimate relationships. Eric uses his passion for helping singles heal from their past relationships, to help you to experience more ease, joy and mutuality in future relationships.


The Heart and Science of Empathy (5 Session Course)

Audio  • 6 - 8 hours • 12/01/2016
Beginner Skill Level
Audio
6 - 8 hours

Join CNVC Certified Trainer Eric Bowers in journeying through the world of Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) as he expands on the theories and tools from his book Meet Me In Hard-to-Love Places: The Heart and Science of Relationship Success. You'll discover why IPNB and NVC complement each other so well, especially in the powerful practice of Somatic-Based Resonant Empathy.

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


Prepare for Love (12 Session Course)

Audio  • 9 hours, 7 minutes • 10/18/2012
Beginner Skill Level
Audio
9 hours, 7 minutes

Join Eric Bowers in transforming past relationship pain, coming alive in community and creating thriving relationships. This 12 session Telecourse recording brings together Eric's passions for Nonviolent Communication, Attachment Theory and Interpersonal Neurobiology.


Self Empathy/Regulation Process

Practice Exercise  • 30 minutes • 12/1/2016
All Skill Levels
Practice Exercise
30 minutes

Building your body and mind awareness can help you better regulate/calm your emotions.  Regular self-empathy will help you better regulate your emotions as well as increase your body and mind awareness.  If you are not aware of amygdala activation(fight/flight/freeze response), you will react instead of responding with choice. Use this eight step process to develop your self empathy/regulation skills.


Don't Just Feel Your Emotions

Trainer Tip  • 2 - 3 minutes • 04/2019
Beginner
Trainer Tip
2 - 3 minutes

To keep our life energy moving and growing we can find the resources to welcome and accompany various parts of ourselves with compassion and love -- as though these parts are very young children.  And even if these parts contain difficult emotions...


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