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SHARING OUR COMMON HUMANITY When we hear the other person’s feelings and needs, we recognize our common humanity. ~ Dr Marshall Rosenberg
More than anything, your children want to be heard.
Listening to them with a focus on their feelings and needs is the essence of empathy. Empathy is giving the gift of your presence -- without judgment, analysis, suggestions, stories or any motivation to fix things.
When you empathize with your children, you listen for their feelings and needs even, and especially, when their words sound like criticism, blame or judgment. It is at these times that they (like all of us) need empathy the most. http://www.nonviolentcommunication.com/index.htm
THE FEARLESS HEART BLOG - MIKI KASHTAN "The premises underlying the practice of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) often stand in stark contrast to the messages we receive in the culture at large — whether from our parents or teachers while growing up, or from the media or other cultural venues for the rest of our lives. They also, often enough, belie what we see around us in terms of human behavior."
By giving students the freedom to design school expectations, Prospect Sierra fosters empathy, teamwork, leadership, and problem-solving skills in students.
Instead of starting with expectations for how students should behave, what if a school began the process of community-building with asking how students wanted to feel at school every day? This is precisely what Changemaker School Prospect Sierra set out to do by creating charters in its classrooms: living documents democratically designed by students that articulate behavior expectations. Instituted as part of the RULER approach to social and emotional learning, the charter design process began in the classrooms with the students considering how they wanted to feel at school every day.
Seek to understand the common humanity of both bullies and victims. Transform disconnecting enemy images to the shared beauty of empathic connection. Develop self awareness and a consciousness based on compassion and empathy. Learn emotional literacy and emotional intelligence. Be the change! Make a difference! In Collaboration With the Centre for Compassionate Communication NZ http://www.cccanz.info/
I want to give you the gift of empathy And to rid myself of lifeless thought limiting what I see It’s taken me a while but I’ve come to see at last How much I miss the present with eyes fogged by the past So if I take some time before I answer you I am clearing away my projections So your divinity can come through ~ Dr Marshall Rosenberg~ http://frombullyingtoempathy.wordpress.com/2012/05/19/the-gift-of-empathy/
Basics of Nonviolent Communication. Introduction. Nonviolent Communication (NVC) has been described as a language of compassion, as of a new language makes it more likely that communication can take place.
This Fall 20 students at the UCSC moved into a residence hall called "Rumi's Field" in honor of the poet Rumi who wrote "Out beyond ideas of right doing and wrong doing, there is a field, I'll meet you there."
Over the course of this academic year, these students will be living and learning the skills of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), growing their capacity for empathy and compassion. They are establishing an effective communication foundation to serve them for a lifetime. The students featured in this video live in Rumi's Field.
"This is the video The Basics of Non Violent Communication with Marshall Rosenberg (founder of Nonviolent Communication). Nonviolent Communication is not about speaking in a certain way but about speaking from at certain point of view."
I've never seen a student be so right and an entire education system be so wrong.
Sophia Tara's insight:
YOUTH AT THE HELM OF CHANGE - take a minute to view this video and hear the passionate voice of a frustrated student and the response of a weary teacher. One of our greatest human needs is to be 'seen' and 'heard'. What if the teacher had responded differently and taken this opportunity for an empathic classroom conversation to connect with this eloquent young man and her students?
Wellington Ukulele & Peace Academy NZ, teach ukulele lessons to all age groups for beginner and intermediate levels, in group classes. We also offer Living Empathy & Ukuleles For Peace workshops, uke lessons or a power hour for workplaces, schools, teacher only days, community & social groups, and private lessons. Fun, laughter & song are great stress busters! Request a Living Empathy & Ukulele Peace session if there is conflict or bullying in your workplace, school, or home. Meet new friends and build connected, caring communities through music and empathy ♥ In collaboration with the Centre for Compassionate Communication Aotearoa-NZ, Living Empathy & Ukuleles For Peace NZ. Join the Ukulele & Peace Revolution today! http://learntoukenz.wordpress.com
Metta meditation is a core practice for many people, and if you meditate or participate in a contemplative tradition, the concept of “self-compassion” is probably very familiar to you. Most versions of metta begin with one’s self as the object of compassion. As the well-known meditation teacher Jack Kornfield explained, “If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.
The logic of self-compassion is very sound. If you want to be compassionate to others, you must be compassionate to yourself first. You simply cannot give what you do not already have. As Pema Chodron has explained “in order to have compassion for others, we have to have compassion for ourselves.” Strong metta always includes the meditator in some sense.
Empathy Coordinator and 1st Grade Teacher Eleanor Palm explains how to cultivate empathy through reading...
Despite the huge size of the school, Palm masterfully creates a small and caring community of students in her class. One of the main ways that she creates this empathic community is through storytelling. From sharing the stories of how they got their names, to telling stories of day-to-day life, students in Palm’s class are constantly communicating, giving and building empathy. However, this sharing and storytelling does not stop in class – students also bring home nightly readings to discuss and enjoy with their parents. An expert at empathy and literature, Palm was excited to share a few tips for encouraging empathy in your children while you read together:
"Gratitude reminds us of mystery, of the bigger picture that we are just a speck in, of the impermanence of everything. I have no doubt that we can affect what happens to us to some extent. I equally well believe that our power in that way is limited. I want to keep increasing my capacity to open to all of it, to be grateful and accepting of all that is." Miki Kashtan
Are you empathetic? Is your partner? It might be the secret to a happier marriage. According to a recent study from Harvard University, being able to accurately read a partner's emotions--and believing that your partner is trying to understand your emotions--is related to couple relationship satisfaction....
When asked to define empathy, Dr Marshall Rosenberg compared it to surfing...When you ride the wave, the thrill is so exhilarating that you forget everything else. You live in the moment when nothing else matters, so intent on riding the wave perfectly that you and the wave become one. Pain and worry disappear, replaced by euphoria, akin to flow. Similarly, when giving empathy, you want to strive for this kind of total presence for the person you are listening to. http://frombullyingtoempathy.wordpress.com/about/ Photo credit to Louie Baur
Conflict and the Illusion of Safety - Miki Kashtan
"Many people view conflicts as fundamentally unsafe, and it’s the main reason they cite for why they don’t speak up, address conflict, or tell each other what’s really going on. Because I see withholding truth in this way as diminishing the quality of personal relationships and potentially destructive in communities and organizations, one of the key practices I want to bring to people and to the world is the choice to tell the truth even when painful, even when we are scared about consequences, and even when we are not sure how to do it."