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Moving Beyond Needs as Met or Unmet

Article  • 5 - 8 minutes • 10/2019
Beginner Skill Level
Article
5 - 8 minutes

Sometimes when we regard needs as something that could be met or unmet by another person or by a situation we unconsciously hold the belief that our needs should be met. Or we end up holding blame or implying wrongdoing. People are more likely to resist a request made from this stance. Instead, here are practices to increasingly losen any remaining attachment or demand energy -- and open our hearts to ourselves and others while we make requests.


Four Questions to Ask Yourself Before Important Conversations

Article  • 5 - 8 minutes • 11/2019
Intermediate Skill Level
Article
5 - 8 minutes

What's my intention? What needs am I trying to meet? What do I want the other person to know or understand? How can I say it in a way they are most likely to hear? These are four questions we can use in preparation for an important conversation. Read on for more on this, plus four accompanying practices.


Transformative Dialogue

Article  • N/A • 1/2010
Intermediate Skill Level
Article
N/A

The less blame and criticism, the easier it is for others to hear us. From this perspective, it’s in our best interest to come from curiosity and care. This way differences can bring us together and help us know one another. The more mutual understanding, the easier it is to work together and find creative solutions. Read on for more on this, with a story about how a black man inspired 200 members of the KKK to leave the organization.


Embracing the Body: Learning Compassion as a “Felt-Sense”

Article  • 5 - 8 minutes • 2/2014
Beginner Skill Level
Article
5 - 8 minutes

Our "felt-sense" can provide crucial information about our experience and our lives. It can also help us integrate and retain information. This can also bring greater access to internal resources, choice, open heartedness, collaboration and creative solutions. From there, profound insight and transformation can follow. Here's how we can harness that...


Nonviolence in the Face of Hatred

Article  • 14 - 21 minutes • 11/2017
Intermediate Skill Level
Article
14 - 21 minutes

When Anita's sister reveals that the Ku Klux Klan broke into her home and dragged her out into a field towards a burning cross, Anita's commitment to nonviolence is challenged. Here, Miki highlights practices and lessons from her story of inner struggle -- including an insight about how, even in extreme polarization, our freedom and healing is wrapped up in others' freedom and healing.


Attending to Inner Conflict

Article  • 13 - 19 minutes • 10/2015
Intermediate Skill Level
Article
13 - 19 minutes

When we have an inner conflict, how can we bring ourselves closer where we want to be? Miki explains about how we can deepen our self understanding in a way that can transform our own reactivity, urges, and false either/or views -- so that we can bring in more presence, choice, and options.


Five Core Practices For Meaningful Conversation

Article  • 4 - 6 minutes • 01/2020
Applied NVC
Article
4 - 6 minutes

If you’re interested in improving your relationships, advancing in your career, or enhancing your capacity for change in life in general, communication is a powerful lever. Presence, listening, bringing curiosity and care, focusing on what matters, and pausing with silence, are all key. Read on for five foundational and advanced core practices you can start using today to improve your communication.


The Power of Gratitude

Audio  • 33 minutes • 8/16/2014
Beginner Skill Level
Audio
33 minutes

Hema Pokharna shows how using the breath and introspective practice can re-charge our lives.


Stopping: Practicing Awareness of Thinking

Trainer Tip  • 1 - 2 minutes • 1/2020
Beginner Skill Level
Trainer Tip
1 - 2 minutes

Here's a practice for cultivating more awareness of our thinking and choices, when our feelings and thoughts become stimulated.


Cultivating Gratitude

Trainer Tip  • 1 - 2 minutes • 1/2020
Beginner Skill Level
Trainer Tip
1 - 2 minutes

Here's a five-step 30 day practice to cultivate gratitude, using the practice of observations, needs, feelings, presence, vitality, awareness of contribution, sharing power and interdependence.


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