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Ego, Mind, and Culture

Article • 10 - 15 minutes • 11/2013
All Skill Levels
Article
10 - 15 minutes
11/2013

The “mind” or our “ego” are often depicted as a static entity, an unchangable part of human nature, and as obstacles or negative parts of ourselves to overcome. This view creates maligning, a split within us, while remaining invisibly part and parcel of authority-based societies --the dominant culture and institutions into which we are born. Instead, I want to advocate an integration of reason and emotion, mind and heart, plus self and others.


Seven Easy Steps for Keeping Group Energy High

Video • 5 minutes • 09/03/2015
Intermediate Skill Level
Video
5 minutes
09/03/2015

NVC groups can sometimes get caught in a rut and lose energy and momentum. Mary shares her extensive experience with seven steps for keeping your group engaged and energized.


From Personal to Global Trauma: The Through-Line

Article • 6-9 minutes • 07/14/2022
All Skill Levels
Article
6-9 minutes
07/14/2022

Our everyday personal experiences of diminishment, and the destruction of our planet has a through-line. Societal traumas lead to us shutting down to avoid pain, and this limits us. The avoidance shifts our brains so we don’t see other beings, species and our planet as wondrous, precious and irreplaceable. Thus, we meet others with diminishment, oblivion, or abuse; trauma keeps passing on. This leads to being blind and mute, and to othering based on social location, and to destruction of our planet.


Aligning Our Strategies with Our Values

Trainer Tip • 1 - 2 minutes • 10/2005
Beginner Skill Level
Trainer Tip
1 - 2 minutes
10/2005

Trainer Tip: What do you value the most? Take a look at your actions and notice the values that your actions demonstrate (not what you want them to show, but what they do show), and see if they are in alignment.   Where there is a gap take steps to create actions that are in alignment with your values.


Conflict Improv: A Mother and Son Negotiation

Video • 15 minutes • Circa 2008
Beginner Skill Level
Video
15 minutes
Circa 2008

In this role play, Jean Morrison plays a mother who is asking her son to vacuum the house and he is objecting. She enacts the role first using "jackal" language and then again using Nonviolent Communication.


Empathy Buddy Guidelines

Article • 2 - 3 minutes • 1/2010
Beginner Skill Level
Article
2 - 3 minutes
1/2010

Here are some guidelines and agreements for creating empathy buddy sessions. Includes a list of blocks to empathy.


The 4-Part Nonviolent Communication Process

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Learning Tool • N/A • 1999
Introductory Skill Level
Learning Tool
N/A
1999

There are four components to the Nonviolent Communication (NVC) model, as developed by Marshall Rosenberg, PhD. The 4-Part NVC Process can guide you to express how you are, or they can be used to empathically receive how another is.


How to Handle Being Judged

Trainer Tip • 2 - 3 minutes • Circa 2007
Intermediate Skill Level
Trainer Tip
2 - 3 minutes
Circa 2007

Ask the Trainer: "I am wondering what to do with a judgment that is expressed by someone about me. In these situations I can't find the unmet need they are expressing (other than perhaps significance)."


Understanding The Obstacle of Limiting Beliefs With Regard To Making Requests

Practice Exercise • 2-3 minutes • 05/25/2022
Beginner Skill Level
Practice Exercise
2-3 minutes
05/25/2022

When you attempt to make a request what limiting beliefs come up? See if you recognize any from this list. Then compassionately observe your body sensations, impulses, feelings, needs, memories, energy, and images. In making the request ensure your request is connected to your needs, is doable, what you want, and not attached to them saying yes.


Living Peacefully, Starting With Our Physical Selves

Trainer Tip • 1 - 2 minutes • 05/28/2022
Beginner Skill Level
Trainer Tip
1 - 2 minutes
05/28/2022

Trainer Tip: When looking to create healthier habits for your body, consider what needs those habits support -- such as integrity, nurturing, or love. Then consider the ways your body supports your life, and if you want to live in harmony with your body. If you make loving your body as natural as brushing your teeth or making your bed in the morning, you can bring deeper peace into your life.


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