Nonviolent Communication is a tool that we can use to resolve conflicts at both the individual and collective levels. By focusing on identifying the needs of individuals and groups instead of the assigning blame for circumstances, Nonviolent Communication has the potential to heal the wounds most of us feel deep inside us.
When we succeed in Nonviolent Communication, we are able to meet both our own needs and the needs of those we love. We begin to live from a place of natural giving which is where true joy and happiness emerges.
Nonviolent Communication focuses on three aspects of communication:
- self-empathy (defined as a deep and compassionate Awareness of one’s own inner experience)
- Empathy (defined as an understanding of the heart in which we see the beauty in the other person)
- and honest self-expression (defined as expressing oneself authentically in a way that is likely to inspire compassion in others).