In this short episode I reflect on where I wanted NVCpractice.com to go, and where it seems to me to be going. You might call this episode self-involved, but I’d request to have it heard as an exercise in self-connection.
Adam Vogal is the President of the Oregon Peace Institute. What is to be done when one is out in public, and suddenly on the cusp of a violent situation? Adam conducts training on how to make sound choices.
Chelsea’s NVC challenge is that her partner doesn’t share her ideas about how to show up when their young sons are in conflict. It’s a fascinating conflict about conflict, I think, and we use role play to begin to find a way to conversation.
Erin and I converse about how to stay in relation to emotions that don’t readily admit themselves to names. I share that this is something that comes up for me in doing eldercare.
What is circling? And how might it be related to the practice of NVC? This is the first in a series of episodes in which I plan to explore that question.
- The conversation between Andy and Decker Cunov that I mention as having been so taken by can be found here.
I request some help from listeners in re-doing my response to a Mom who’s all in on the power-with model, and we role play to explore her disinclination to let others meet her needs.
John Lash of The Georgia Conflict Center learned NVC in prison, and brings a deeply informed and felt perspective to its place alongside self inquiry and the principles and practices of restorative justice. To hear John in conversation with another interlocutor, find Alum Perry’s interview with him here.
Sasha helps me re-see and re-imagine a conversation in which I wasn’t all that I could be.