Healing Begins With Nonviolent Communication
When I was growing up, passive aggression, denial of reality, gaslighting, and stonewalling were modelled by my primary caregivers, as was modelled to them by their parents.
These communication patterns became my own through childhood and into adulthood.
The commitment to unlearning default, inherited violent communication is by far, my most challenging – and most rewarding – life’s work.
Nonviolent communication is not an academic study that you master through reading books, and studying courses online (much to my ego’s disappointment!)
It’s a practice, and a devotion.
A daily, weekly, (and sometimes, hourly) practice that requires patience, kindness, and a willingness to accept another point of view.
It’s a devotion that generates a gift so powerful that perhaps wasn’t modelled as you were growing up, but that you are now able to model for your younger self, and others.
And that gift is Compassion.
It is profoundly healing.
If you see aspects of your own story here, and you’re feeling curious about nonviolent communication, a good place to begin is the book, “ : ” by Marshall B Rosenberg, PhD
Healing within ourselves, and with others begins with nonviolent communication.