As days turn into weeks, weeks into months, this time of the coronavirus is calling on us to find refuge and support for our inner and outer lives.
Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and Mindfulness are two powerful resources for us to find our own inner balance, clarity, and compassion.
This is not the time to isolate! It’s the time to intentionally connect in community and relationships. Let’s come together to create experiences in community that boost our inner resources, welcome our gifts, help us engage with ourselves and the world.
Enjoy these opportunities to experience global communities exploring, connecting, celebrating, and mourning.
Thursday January 14 from 7-9pm ET.
I'm very excited to invite you to this next special guest conversation. Register at this link to receive the Zoom access code: https://www.rjcavl.org/alex-vitale/
We are living in a pandemic of violence. We are grateful to Dr. Vitale for sharing his knowledge and resources about policing and related issues in the US.
Professor Vitale has spent the last 30 years writing about policing and consults to both police departments and human rights organizations internationally. He has up to date research on resources and effectiveness of municipalities' programs to address the breakdown between citizens and law enforcement and the crises in public health and safety.
The call will be moderated by an amazing young African American leader from Asheville, Robert Thomas Jr.. Rob has attended our conversations at least once. Here is a bit about him: https://mountainx.com/blogwire/robert-thomas-is-2020-peacemaker-in-wnc/
More info on Divest/Invest from RJC: Divestment from the Police Department is possible
Get a head start on the topic of this webinar with Professor Vitale by reading this Washington Post article.
Webinar Conversation with Ali Abu Awwad, Roberta Wall and Dr. Rodney Sadler Jr.
In this Dangerous Dialogue, we discuss the organization called Taghyeer (Change), which is the Palestinians' National Nonviolence Movement, and its grassroots actions to build Palestinian independent action that seeks freedom and an equitable, peaceful future for all the people of the Holy Land.
Conversations on Race Series, Featured Speaker Sarah Peyton , hosts Rodney Sadler and Roberta Wall
Each week I post musings from the weekly reading, or parasha, of the Torah, the Hebrew Bible, connecting its wisdom to other major streams of learning that deeply inform my life.
NVC and Mindfulness on line series:
Hi Roberta, and thanks so much for this course! I feel nourished (first time
I've ever used that word this way) in my ability to be open to others and also
to hold apparently contradictory ideas and needs in the same space and let them get along. Blessings to you and Robin and the NVC community.
—Steve Landau, MD
—Acharya Pashupati, President, AMURT (Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team - USA branch)
With the Engaged Buddhism & NVC I am learning to be present, to be mindful, to be aware, its something simple and new, like conscious breathing, being in the present momenta and so on… Oh, it gives me a new way of experiencing life which runs through me. Some awakening and liberation in it. Yes, it is, and its vulnerable and painful ... I have found your course so valuable because mindfulness in my experience is the most important principle I have learned in NVC; and Buddhism added a lot to this. I like your way of teaching which for me is flexible, kind and deep, with much dedication to it; it’s the way you are in the world. Thanks for your loving and compassionate being.
— Eastern Europe participant
...Because of your course, I became more aware of my inner feelings when I am communicating by email, voicemail or text. I paused before texting her again. And then I got curious about what her life is like now with her kids and husband at home, while she tries to work upstairs. I felt some compassion and a deeper yearning to connect rather than an irritation at her unavailability. I sent a text from the place of curiosity, and compassion. ... I think that there is an energetic ether that communicates even more than our words, in some cases. And clearly my different attitude and demanding energies were replaced, and she actually RESPONDED!
So, from this experience, I felt empowered to take more frequent pregnant, aware pauses.
Connect Before you Correct!
Video with Roberta Wall
Personal with Roberta
(scroll down to podcast 55)
Roberta talks about how we can use the power of Nonviolent Communication to connect with people who have very different political views from our own.