Five finds of the fortnight: Edition 29
"But it's not me who's violent!"
When I first came across Nonviolent Communication, I was not entirely sure I wanted to learn it—because I thought that agreeing to learn NVC would mean admitting that I was being violent!
It took me some workshops and consistent practice to understand what the term “Nonviolent Communication” means—and I continue to deepen my understanding.
I’m writing this because this weekend, I’ll be at a Living Bridges workshop led by Robert Maoz Kržišnik titled, “But it’s not me who’s violent. What is Nonviolent Communication and why bother at all?” If you, like me, have wondered about NVC and why it’s called that—and what the deeper intentions are—join us!
More information about the workshop in the events section.
If you are interested in learning about Nonviolent Communication or have a beginner’s familiarity with it, then this workshop is a great place to start. I hope to see you there!
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1. Quote of the week
Until we are holding the problem together, we are fighting, not collaborating.
~ Miki Kashtan
2. Image of the fortnight
In the past two weeks, I’ve had my first in-person workshops since the pandemic began. I’m facilitating these workshops for an organization in Bangalore that works with children and adults who have neurodevelopmental disabilities.
What excites me about working with this organization is that their leadership is committed to bringing NVC at a cultural level, going deeper beyond one-off workshops, and emphasizing consistent engagement and practice.
Being back in person does come with some logistical challenges and yet, it’s been such a joy being back in the group space. As a facilitator, being in-person supports me connect with the group members individually and collectively. Here is a picture from one of our sessions. I’m looking forward to the next!
3. Where are you putting your attention?
4. What do you say to someone who’s grieving?
What to say—and what not to say—to someone who’s grieving a loss: Meghan Devine, author of ‘It’s Ok That You’re Not Ok’ talks about showing our love without fixing the reality of their pain.
5. Upcoming event alert: This Saturday, 5-8PM
What the facilitator says about the workshop: “In this 3-hour interactive online workshop we will together explore the key elements of communication and dialogue. We will try to identify the crucial element that can turn every communication either into a battlefield or a connecting experience. We will look into cultural and social conditioning we all went through that often prevents us from being able to see a human heart on the other side. And, last but not least, we will try to define the direction in which we want to proceed not only in order to handle our relationships, but to start creating a new paradigm of humans living on this planet.”