Live Nonviolence

Nonviolent Communication (NVC), Bangor, North Wales

The purpose of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is to strengthen our ability to hear and respond with compassion to both others and ourselves, and in such a way as to inspire compassion from the other. It's a shift in how we hold ourselves, moving towards being present, with awareness and trust that our actions are in alignment with our deeply held values.

Developing NVC skills supports us to:

- Be empowered to express clearly and concisely what you want in challenging situations.

- Hear empathically even when perceiving attack, criticism or judgments.

- Express in a way that supports others to feel safe and trustful in you.

- Use conflict to create intimate connection through understanding.

- Find peace when you have feelings of anger, guilt, shame, fear or frustration.

Nonviolent Communication (NVC), also known as Compassionate or Mindful Communication, was developed by the international peacemaker Marshall Rosenberg following the pioneering work of Carl Rogers. The term 'nonviolence' was chosen by Marshall in honour of Ghandi's work, while for me it speaks to the congruent sense of calmness I long to hold in my heart while I am in challenging situations.

The process of learning NVC is empowering and liberating. As our understanding grows, we free ourselves from our anxieties. With enhanced awareness we become more present, able to be with others with acceptance and non-attachment, while staying in touch with our deeply held beliefs. We find courage to express ourselves with a radical honesty, with integrity and an open heart. Central to all, NVC is about compassion. Compassion for self and compassion for others -it is the art of listening to our hearts and to the heart of others.

NVC helps us reach beneath the surface and discover what is alive and vital within us, and how all of our actions are based on human needs that we are seeking to meet. We learn to develop a vocabulary of feelings and needs that helps us more clearly express what is going on in us, and understand what is going on in others, at any given moment. When we understand and acknowledge our needs, we develop a shared foundation for much more satisfying relationships.


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