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(All NVC Levels) Self-Empathy and Connecting Compassionately with Ourselves

Marshall Rosenberg said: ''We need to receive empathy to give empathy.'' 

In the absence of someone we trust who can listen to us and hear us when we are dealing with an uncomfortable situation, we can use the self-empathy process to connect with ourselves. This helps us move from the head (ruminating thoughts) to our heart. Through this we can find ease and peacefulness through self-connection and through understanding how we are feeling, needing and what our request would be related to the difficult situation/event.

We will open by sharing with others what is alive for us at the moment of speaking. This will be followed  by an exercise on self-empathy called 'Mourning in Giraffe' that will help us heal ourselves concerning a choice we made in the past that we now regret. Please bring a relevant situation with you.

Please try to arrive by 6.20 pm to enable harmonious opening of our circle - it takes a few minutes to settle in, exchange hello's, etc. 


NOTE - no admission after 6.50pm

We will have access to the kitchen for hot drinks etc.

To attend the workshops, ideally you read Marshall Rosenberg's 'A Language of Life':

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nonviolent-Communication-Language-Marshall-Rosenberg/dp/1892005034

If so, it would be helpful to re-read Chapter 9 of the book - Connecting Compassionately with Ourselves

Or watched the videos here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4tUVqsjQ2I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEqmZ2E1o64

Arrangements: Arrivals from 6.15pm - starting at 6:30pm. The group will be closed from 6.50pm as we will have already started practicing then.

The session will end at 8:30pm

£5 in cash is requested to go towards the rent of a quiet and spacious room with access to the kitchen for hot drinks etc. We welcome donations for group resources, work books/sheets & developing our practice.

Queries: please message me on meetup or text/call Alex[masked]

If you are late, please practice self-compassion & enter the circle as quietly as possible. >>>This meetup is usually over-subscribed. If you have a place and can no longer make it, please change your RSVP to a No to free up a place for someone else ideally the previous day but if not at least 3 hours in advance<<<We ask for this as it meets our needs for efficiency, community ( members being responsible for meeting their need for consideration of others, who update if they can't make it so others can join ) & contribution (wanting to work with a full group ). See you all soon!

Warm hugs,

Alex


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  • Asako

    I want to thank everyone there and Alex for creatively putting together the exercises and facilitating them. Also I want to thank my small ‘in 3’ buddies for their warmth, curiosity and acceptance with gentle nudge.

    1 · 6 days ago

  • Asako

    I really liked the combination of the two exercises.
    The introduction exercise worked really well to me as I was able to prepare or cultivate the attitude that turned out to be very useful in the second exercise. I didn't get impatient, but more curious and explorative when I was digging into my needs (finding needs can be quite challenging to me usually).
    Also the first exercise made me discover the need I wasn't aware of before. Always something to discover! At the closing circle, being asked the met need, the first word came to my mind was ‘warmth’. I wondered why then...
    My initial incentive was to learn some kind of practical tool, but I felt humanity in there. It was very powerful to me. I felt pain in me and I felt pain in others when we regret something we did in the past. And my team buddies let me acknowledge it. The pain was somehow shared.

    2 · 6 days ago

  • Arthur S.

    Amazing!

    3 · December 2

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