|1000 Trainings Project #: 806|
September 5, 2017
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
- Communicating Nonviolently
- Nonviolent Conflict Transformation
- Nonviolent Social Change
- Spiritually-Based Nonviolence
The Chinese philosopher Chuang-Tzu stated that true empathy requires listening with the whole being: ‘… it demands the emptiness of all the faculties. And when the faculties are empty, then the whole being listens. There is then a direct grasp of what is right there before you that can never be heard with the ear or understood with the mind.’
—Excerpt from Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life
Empathy is connection between Self and Other in which we experience our differences from an underlying commonality. In communication, empathic connection is created by both Speaker and Listener, and leads to compassion that optimizes cooperation. Like meditation, yoga, and exercise, a regular practice of empathic speaking and listening contributes to health, wellbeing and optimal functioning.
In this course, John will offer in-depth practice with elements of empathy that give a natural, practical ability to speak and listen from presence and the core components of NVC. You will also learn a Self-Connection Practice that integrates mindfulness with need consciousness, giving the ability to return to connection when triggered into a “fight-flight-freeze” reaction.
Yes, these inner voices DO sometimes derail you – not because they’re wicked, but because they have a vested interest in meeting specific needs. If you truly listen to their raucous, competitive words and give them the experience of being deeply heard, each voice or part will gradually realize that their strategies are not in alignment with their needs – and so the transformation begins.