Nonviolent / Compassionate Communication


Nonviolent / Compassionate Communication

A place to discuss Nonviolent Communication with reference to your own understanding of what this means, previous posts, other related material and Marshall B Rosenberg's book of the same title. How can nonviolent communication be useful to atheists?

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Participating in Interfaith Online Chat

Started by UUMom. Last reply by Alice Jan 21, 2012. 6 Replies

See transcripts of the conversation where it was confirmed that atheists are welcome in their weekly conversations:…Continue

Cause and Effect

Started by Alice. Last reply by Alice May 22, 2011. 6 Replies

Nothing we do is without cause.We are fully caused.NVC is a really valuable tool that I’d like to incorporate into my life.How can I do this if I am fully caused – and yet have so many other factors…Continue

Compassionate Conflict Resolution

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Alice Apr 12, 2011. 11 Replies

For me nonviolent communication involves1. Not only truth but authenticity, you need to have a safe emotional space in which to share bad feelings as well as good ones.2. Avoid blame language, talk…Continue

Mindfulness for Compassionate Connection

Started by Alice Apr 1, 2011. 0 Replies

1. Be mindful of our own feelings and needs2. Be mindful to meet our own needs with full and equal consideration of others needs.3. Use protective force where others lack tools to consider others…Continue

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Comment by Alice on April 1, 2011 at 3:23am
Thanks for the reply.  I'm glad to hear you plan to read the book - as a fellow atheist I'm keen to hear your perspective.  I think Jesus was a nonviolent resister, as was Gandhi and Martin Luther King - unfortunately they had violent endings to their lives.  I wonder though if many people in history have had quite successful nonviolent life's - and it's only because these stood out and were shot that we know their story.  John Lennon and Nelson Mandela are others.  Mandela's 25 years in jail probably saved his life - thanks ironically to apartheid laws.
Thinking in these terms I would say that a nonviolent life is quite plausible for most of us.  Only in times of war would those asked to fight have to consider otherwise.  There will be times that violence would need to be considered in my opinion.  Although Rosenberg has other ideas and put's forward that NV is an ultimate solution and the best solution - that violence isn't the answer in any situation.  I would like to discuss this idea further also, as I am attracted to this idea, but don't yet understand it in a way that allows me to take it on as my way of being.
I do still believe that violence can get results that non violence can't.  In that you remove people who get in the way of resources that we want.  I'm not getting into the ethics or morals of this - as there are no ultimate rights or wrongs, I'm simply looking from a 'what is' perspective rather than a 'what should be' perspective.
I'm keen to discuss this with you further also.
Alice :)
Comment by Alice on March 30, 2011 at 9:32pm
Hi Dave,

I like Rosenberg's ideas. He is well researched. For me, I can see how his work can help me with my immediate family and friends to gain more love in my life and therefore theirs - that's the hope!

In terms of war - I'm not sure. War seems such a natural thing. Although Rosenberg is way more optimistic. He has done peace talks using non violent communication in waring territories with much success. I suppose it's about civilising the war process, and using language about needs to sort out conflict rather than turning to violence. Which is such a primal instinct to gain territory or resources for ourselves, against another competing tribe or group. Perhaps Rosenberg is on the cutting edge of the evolution of civilisation in this way.

I would be interested to know if you do get the book and your thoughts about it. It's quite a lot to get through, and can elicit strong reactions from different perspectives.

Alice :)
Comment by Alice on February 24, 2011 at 8:40pm

LOL....  yes, it is a little quiet in here isn't it :)

Echo echo echo echo.....


A bit like a white room....

Comment by Marc Draco on February 24, 2011 at 6:34pm

I feel like a creationis't brain-cell... lonely and disconnected.


Mind you, there are worse things - there's a Flash-based advert running atop this page (for a church of loonies) which is actually slowing my bloody browser down!


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