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NVC & Needs Consciousness

"Every message, regardless of form or content, is an expression of a need."
— Marshall Rosenberg, PhD

A foundational practice of Living Compassion is what I call cultivating and dwelling in the Beauty of Needs. This involves specific practice in relaxing into fully embodied energetic qualities of life (needs) and developing present moment awareness. Compassionate Communication is a language of the heart. Yet, we are not able to truly live the language of the heart unless we are able to access the heart. Needs are the qualities of the heart that manifest in us as longings or yearnings. To learn to cultivate and live in the fullness of these qualities is the essence of living the fullness of life itself. An important aspect of self-compassion requires the development of simple presence. Presence is simple awareness. It’s not complicated and it doesn’t require an intellectual understanding to come to simple awareness of how the energies we call needs live in us.
— Robert Gonzales. PhD

Until the end of June, learn about universal human needs. Start by listening to Jim and Jori Manske  discuss the root of Nonviolent Communication, needs consciousness. Participate in guided processes to deepen your own needs consciousness.See just below.

Mourning Our Way to Acceptance

Article •  7 - 11 minutes • 
Beginner Skill Level
7 - 11 minutes

When something happens that we don't like no amount of resentment nor magical thinking will make it disappear. Instead, we can mourn to dissolve our own resistance, resentment, and numbness of resignation. Mourning can allow us to feel pain with acceptance, and without needing to be okay with what happened. Acceptance can bring us to a place where even all the anguish in the world is fully, part of life.

Curiosity, The Art of Waiting, and Finding Peace

Article •  7 - 11 minutes • 
Intermediate Skill Level
7 - 11 minutes

Sitting with uncertainty can be very uncomfortable and evoke anxiety. Or it can be a practice that brings in the curiosity and inner spaciousness that allows for creative solutions to emerge, and that help us to relax our attachment to outcomes.  Here's a closer look...

Dealing With Disappointment

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

Disappointment emerges when there is a gap between what we want, expect or hope for, and what is happening. When this occurs it can be tempting to make someone or the situation wrong. Instead, rather than pushing against the flow of life we can rejoin it, non-judgmentally notice our observations and feelings. Plus we can nurture acceptance and mourning. We can also remember that what's happening isn't permanent.

Inner Space And Compassion

Practice Exercise •  1- 2 minutes • 
All Skill Levels
Practice Exercise
1- 2 minutes

Here's guidance on how to approach your inner experience when triggered or stuck in a distressing life experience. Self-Compassion in life can be experienced as: "There is room for life experience in me. There is an open space for ‘what is’ to be fully present in my inner experience". This exercise is more about tracing your felt experience than verbalizing it.

Unconscious Contracts

Video •  37 minutes • 
Intermediate Skill Level
37 minutes

Discover how our unconscious contracts limit our life energy and how we make a vow or contract every time we experience a traumatic event. Listen in as Sarah works with a course participant.