You Have It In You!

"A difficult message becomes an opportunity to enrich someone’s life."
– Marshall Rosenberg, Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life

Living Compassion Tip — Week 52

You Have It In You!

Have you experienced feeling joyous, and then someone came along and said something negative and you plummeted into sadness? Or the opposite, where you were in the lows of depression and with the simple words of a friend, you were raised to hope?

You have inside you the most potent elixir to create a world where relationships are based on honesty and empathy.

Rudyard Kipling wrote, "Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind."

Yes, words are the remedy. As Dr. Marshall Rosenberg says, "By focusing our consciousness on the four areas of NVC: what we are observing, feeling, needing and what we are requesting to enrich our lives, we foster deep listening, respect and empathy and engender a mutual desire to give from the heart."

The only thing you need to do is open your mouth! You can use the powerful drug of words to lift yourself and others to the heights of joy or plunge into the depths of despair. Which do you choose?


Mindful Practice for the Week

This week, realize that your words have a powerful effect on yourself and others. Wake up each day and recommit yourself to the components of NVC and to using your words for honesty and empathy.


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