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Feelings vs. Thoughts Vocabulary Builder

Practice Exercise •  10 minutes
Beginner Skill Level
Practice Exercise
10 minutes

This ten question exercise will help build your feelings vocabulary. It is helpful to differentiate between words that describe what we think others are doing around us, and words that describe actual feelings. These "faux feelings" often reveal more about how we think others are behaving than what we are actually feeling ourselves. Feeling words are always about us, not the other person.


Poetic License

Practice Exercise •  N/A
Beginner Skill Level
Practice Exercise
N/A

Poetic License is a fun group exercise that's sure to incite laughter in your NVC group!


Street NVC: "Street Ease" Exercise

Practice Exercise •  30 minutes
Intermediate Skill Level
Practice Exercise
30 minutes

Listen to CNVC Certified Trainer Dian Killian guide and ease you into a more natural expression of empathy. This is a three person exercise. Listen in and then give it a try!


Transforming Limiting Beliefs About Sex Using Neurobiology

Practice Exercise •  1 page
Intermediate Skill Level
Practice Exercise
1 page

This is an opportunity to explore/transform a limiting belief you have about yourself using what science is discovering about neurobiology. A limiting belief is simply an idea or thought we have about ourselves/life that we or others have affirmed over and over again – these ideas usually get in the way of living life fully.


The Wheel of Awareness

Practice Exercise •  00:11 hours:minutes
Intermediate Skill Level
Practice Exercise
00:11 hours:minutes

Join CNVC Certified Trainer and Certified Focusing Teacher Shulamit Berlevtov in this brief exercise called the Wheel of Awareness. This exercise will help you become aware of how to distinguish and differentiate your life experience.


Transforming Painful Patterns

Practice Exercise •  7 pages
Intermediate Skill Level
Practice Exercise
7 pages

Why is it so difficult to change our patterns even when we want to, even when we experience shame or despair about them? Arnina Kashtan offers some of the common pitfalls and concrete steps to overcome them in the future.


What’s Important to You?

Practice Exercise •  2 pages
Intermediate Skill Level
Practice Exercise
2 pages

This exercise is most often the first activity in a beginning level workshop after the usual logistics/history/check-in. Penny Wassman experiences it as an opportunity for people to build connection with one another.


Increasing Presence Through Observations

Practice Exercises (Public) •  00:26 hours:minutes
Introductory Skill Level
Practice Exercises (Public)
00:26 hours:minutes
John Kinyon leads participants through two Observation Exercises to strengthen their ability to be present.  Through the exercises, John distinguishes the difference between feelings, which are emotions felt inside the body, and observations which are witness to our experience.

Implicit Bias and Own Race Bias (ORB)

Public •  00:12 hours:minutes
Intermediate Skill Level
Public
00:12 hours:minutes

Sarah Peyton explains implicit bias and own race bias (ORB), predispositions that slant our perceptions of ourselves and others. There's hope, these implicit biases can be overcome!


What is Nonviolent Communication?

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

Trainer tip: NVC focuses on shared human values and needs, and encourages the use of language that increases good will -- plus avoidance of language that contributes to resentment or lowered self-esteem. It emphasizes taking personal responsibility for choices and improving the quality of relationships as a primary goal. For today, focus on making observations without moralistic judgment in at least two of your interactions.