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In the Spotlight:
Mary Mackenzie

NVC and Self-Compassion

The first ‘In the Spotlight’ of 2023 features curated content from CNVC Certified Trainer and CEO of NVC Academy, Mary Mackenzie. Understand the value of expressing yourself honestly as Mary demonstrates the 4-step NVC process to express needs clearly, honestly, and compassionately. 

Then take that energy inward with her 6-session course, Self-Empathy: Healing from the Inside Out. Mary also shares a Daily Self-Empathy Practice and an exercise that will show you how you can easily connect more deeply with your needs. 

Known and practiced worldwide, Mary's signature self-empathy processes provide clear insight into the emotional triggers and habits that get in the way of your ability to live a happy and successful life.

The Ultimate Romance

Article •  6 - 9 minutes • 
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 • 
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 • 
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 • 
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 • 
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 • 
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 • 
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.

 


Prepare for Love (12 Session Course)

Audio •  9 hours, 7 minutes • 
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 • 
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.


Somatic-Based Empathy

Practice Exercise •  1-2 minutes • 
Beginner Skill Level
Practice Exercise
1-2 minutes

Use this interactive empathy exercise to track the relationship and shifting of body sensations, feelings and needs as you note them out loud.


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