Compassionate Language - a practice that supports peace within yourself so as to speak and listen in ways that lead to connection and understanding.
_One thing I really value about Marcia is that she is totally open about that fact that she fails too. She's clear and she shares often. This gives me connection. I blow it all the time. I listen to her talk through a situation..She's very honest and has integrity. She trusts what we (the practice group) has to say and I trust her.... I'm always telling people NVC has changed the relationship with our daughter. We have a great relationship but I don't think it would be as strong without NVC." MM
"Spending an hour or two each week immersed in learning about and
practicing NVC has rippled throughout all of my relationships -- with
family, friends, and colleagues. Learning to be more intentionally
present and to go beyond feelings to needs has brought new found
compassion, understanding, and peace to my relationships with others and
within myself". A.V.
"The training shifted my awareness of the subtleties in habitual conversations and relationships. This was huge for me in many small but important ways. I found that my perspective was tweaked ever so slightly but enough so that I was looking at historical patterns from almost an outside point of view. The changes in awareness and perspective brought a calmness to me that was surprising but pleasant. It's not what I expected at all. The only other word I can think to use is "empowered". I also felt empowered. I've been able to carry that sense of empathy for others - and for myself- into my daily actions. I'm saying that I'm recognizing choices and options where I didn't think I had any." S.W.
"I can listen to people and know their feelings without having to agree with them. Most of what I thought was good mediation language usually involved a lot of blame. I can not just hope my children learn more about their feelings and needs than I did - I have to show them the way. It's revolutionary for me to realize I can and should think about myself!" M.M.