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Feelings and Needs

Where does a meaningful life come from?

Shantigarbha and I are just back from one week at COP26 in Glasgow. The day after, I joined my friend Cath to meditate in a nearby park. Cath is going there every day during COP26 to meditate for the earth and all beings who are impacted by the climate and ecological emergencies. When I arrived, the first question she asked was “How was it in Glasgow?” My response was “It was meaningful. I...
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NVC in Partnership

Four months ago, a couple called Bodhi and Veena came to one of our OWLs (one-week long Nonviolent Communication (NVC) workshops) in Himachal Pradesh, India. When I met them last week at a follow-up event, I was very touched by their story of how NVC enriched their lives, and asked them if they were willing to share it with all of you, the wider NVC community. They were ha...
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NVC tips for surviving and thriving this Holiday Season

I met a friend one morning in early December. We talked about Christmas coming up, and about how many people find it stressful. I asked him what, if anything, he finds challenging about it? His response was that it's spending time with relatives, particularly those he's grown apart from. After I had empathized with his hopelessness and frustration, I asked him if he would like to hear some NVC ...
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Feelings are Feedback

In September 2017 I co-led a module of our NVC Training Programme in northern India. A few days’ later, we met with three of the participants who had stayed in the area. After catching up, the conversation turned to the retreat and its impact. One of the participants from Mumbai wanted us to know how powerful it had been for her, “Just that one sentence, about respecting feelings, this was really ...
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