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What’s Love Got To Do With It? A Thousand Ways to Say, “I Love You”

Article •  6 - 9 minutes
Beginner Skill Level
Article
6 - 9 minutes

The impulse to say "I love you" is an opportunity to check-in both with our level of presence (eg. are we saying it by rote?) and also with what we really mean in that moment (eg. what are the needs and real purpose deep beneath the word "love"?).  This can invite us to explore a deeper, more heartfelt way of communicating and being...


Learning How to Listen

Article •  3 - 5 minutes
All Skill Levels
Article
3 - 5 minutes

Listening is a cornerstone of dialogue and a powerful metaphor for spiritual practice. When we’re willing and able to listen, we open a conduit that allows connection and understanding to happen.


Basic Pitfalls of Using NVC

Article •  5 -8 minutes
Beginner Skill Level
Article
5 -8 minutes

Miki explains the distinction between the language and the underlying consciousness of NVC, and the pitfalls of failing to do so.


Empathy Hurdles

Article •  2 pages
Intermediate Skill Level
Article
2 pages

I want to hear others through the lens of the meaning their actions have for them rather than through the effect their actions have on me. The very root of empathy resides in this fundamental shift. Whenever someone’s actions are at odds with our own needs, most of us, most of the time, do the latter. In that way, we keep our attention on ourselves rather than on the other person. We cannot be in empathy when we are focused on how things affect us. Miki Kashtan poignantly shares about the challenges of empathizing with another when we really don't understand their actions.


Making the Most of Meetings: Proven Steps to Boost Meeting Productivity and Enjoyment

Article •  5 - 8 minutes
Intermediate Skill Level
Article
5 - 8 minutes

Rachelle Lamb offers proven steps to substantially boost meeting productivity and efficiency, and make meetings more productive and enjoyable for everyone, when using NVC. Rachelle offers a series of quick tips including check-in,  take turns, pause, speak honestly, speak mindfully and more.


Interrupt Emotional Shut Down

Article •  3- 5 minutes
All Skill Levels
Article
3- 5 minutes

In times of stress, some part of you may still hold the belief that you can't be present for the stressor and survive. Some part of you may believe you have to go away. There are three things you can consider when attempting to intervene with the reactive pattern of shutting down: how you relate to the shutting down, access to self-confidence, and engagement. Read on for more.


Transforming Power Relations: The Invisible Revolution

Article •  9 pages
Intermediate Skill Level
Article
9 pages

Miki explains how teachers and administrators can become more effective in relating to themselves, other faculty and staff, and they can contribute more to students' ability to feel connected and energized. Nonviolent Communication provides specific tools to empower ourselves and others to live more in line with our values and deeper needs.


The Freedom of Committing to a Path

Article •  5 - 8 minutes
Intermediate Skill Level
Article
5 - 8 minutes

In June, 1996, I had an epiphany. In a motel room in Indiana, the night before returning home from a solo camping trip in Michigan and Canada, I discovered how much I had lost in my life because of so fiercely protecting myself. Up until that day, bringing forth my vulnerable self was to be avoided at all costs, which kept me numb much of the time, disconnected from myself and from much of life. Alone in my room, I cried, I talked out loud, and I finally exclaimed to myself that I wanted to reclaim every last bit of my vulnerability, just like I had it as a child.


Vulnerability as a Spiritual Path

Article •  3 pages
Intermediate Skill Level
Article
3 pages

What is a good baby? If you have been raised in a Western culture, chances are you know the answer right away (whether or not you agree with it). A good baby is one that doesn't cry! The training against vulnerability starts very early in life.


Moving From Blame to Self-Responsibility

Article •  2 - 5 minutes
Intermediate Skill Level
Article
2 - 5 minutes

Often when someone else does something we don't like, it's easy to blame the other person. After all, we have all been trained to focus on fault when needs are not met. What can we do to shift that pattern?


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