Violence Absent

NonViolent Communication – More Than What You Might Suspect

This page will introduce the concept, give a bit of background and encouraging information, and direct you to where you can gain more understanding.

I would encourage any of you with interest to speak up, add your thoughts, and especially send your own experiences and examples for the benefit of all who find this spot on the web.

S O U R C E (Note: This link takes you to the opening page of the site, however not the exact location of this article.  For access to this article, you must create a login on the site – theirs, not this blog.  The exact address of this article is http://www.cnvc.org/en/online-learning/nvc-instruction-guide/nvc-instruction-guide but you will not gain access to it until you register with them, which is free and I highly recommend it.)

We live in a world in which violence has become more and more accepted as the norm. It’s all around us. From wars between nations to crime on the street, and even imposing on our everyday existence, violence manifests itself both explicitly and implicitly. Yet for many people, the very idea of violence seems foreign. They are not involved in physical confrontations or abuses, and thus they believe that violence is not present. But the reality is that whenever we become disconnected from our compassionate nature, whenever our hearts are not devoid of hatred in all of its forms, we have a tendency to act in ways that can cause pain for everyone in our lives, including ourselves.

Nonviolence, then, does not refer to the mere absence of physical harm. It is a way of life that takes its lead from a compassionate and connected heart, and can guide us toward a more complete and happy way of being. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “Nonviolence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our very being.” It is a practice rooted in understanding, in living honestly, and in acting empathically with all beings. Of course this starts with the self. We must first understand and act empathically towards ourselves in order to impact the world in wonderful and compassionate ways. This means cultivating nonviolence in every action and being present to our own needs and feelings in each and every moment.

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