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Miki responds to a participant’s question concerning fear of consequences when speaking with a manager at work. In this excerpt, she delves into the topic of choosing to inhabit nonviolence in the workplace, affirming that fear and nonviolence are incompatible, and that nonviolence is a powerful alternative to our habitual Fight, Flight, Freeze responses.
Miki explains the distinction between the language and the underlying consciousness of NVC, and the pitfalls of failing to do so.
Trainer Tip: Mourning enables us to heal the pain and gain clarity about how to meet our needs in the present moment.
Trainer Tip: It's up to us to get our own needs met. Mary offers some encouraging tips to do just that!
Trainer Tip: The change you're looking for begins with a single step.
Trainer Tip: There are many ways to meet a need. Open to new possibilities.
Grieving reminds us of the preciousness of life, it helps us integrate loss, and it opens us to deeper compassion, inspiration, and joy. We need to create space in our lives to grieve fully.
Along with it’s potential for helping others calm their emotions and feel deeply understood, the Nonviolent Communication process of empathetic listening can help someone increase their capacity for finding their own truth.
Asking for help is difficult for many of us, but can yield rich rewards.
It can be challenging to tell people that you don’t like a certain behaviour or action of theirs. Even with supportive intentions and compassionate language your message might be difficult for someone to receive. Of course, we are not responsible for others’ reactions, but we are responsible to care about each other, and there are effective ways to express ourselves with more care.