Relationships of all kinds are enhanced naturally by mutual love, compassion and understanding. Yet when faced with stressful situations, we slip into old patterns of speech. Criticizing, judging, and evaluating what is "wrong" with the other person. Punishing ourselves for what we think is "wrong" with us. In this way we trigger deep pain and hurt. We go on to make harsh accusations or demands which can easily damage or even break an important relationship.
The "Build Compassionate Relationships" meetup group is based in the Nonviolent Communication (NVC) process pioneered by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg. We use his seminal book, "Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life," exploring each chapter to find effective, natural ways to connect more compassionately and peacefully.
NVC is an organic communication process designed to facilitate compassionate consciousness in everyday human relations. It's easily adaptable to all kinds of environments, from the corporate boardroom to the athletic field, from government offices to the streets.
Focusing on universal human needs, it helps us see clearly how we can fill unmet needs and contribute to each others' emotional well-being. NVC begins with simple steps that connect us with our own feelings and emotional intelligence. It shows how to express this intelligence with a high degree of authenticity. The process supports us in revealing the very heart that inspires compassion from others.
There is an emphasis on the art of making gentle requests in ways that are much more likely to get our needs met.
The process also supports us in first connecting more compassionately with ourselves. We learn to name our feelings and needs, so we can express them clearly to others. As our skills grow, we discover an amazing ability to help others name their feelings and needs. Thus we learn specifically what they want or need from us.
This meetup is facilitated by Steve Pollack, a seasoned mediator and communication coach/consultant who specializes in nonviolent communication. More information about the meetup group is at
On the above link, about 3/4 of the way down the page, there's a section entitled "Your First Time at Our Miami Support Groups." There you'll find a link to view the first chapter of Rosenberg's book at no cost. There is also a link to a 2-page orientation sheet for people new to the Build Compassionate Relationships group.
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