Even a 5 Year Old Can Give Empathy! Can You?

A former student of mine posted the following experience on my Facebook page a couple of weeks back. 

I received some empathy from my 5 year old last night, which made me think of NVC. Boy W is in the tub and I walk in and say in an exasperated and melodramatic voice, "There's water all over the floor!!" And he looks at me for a few seconds and replies, "You're tired?" I had to smile at his wisdom and natural empathy. 

Wow, it’s actually in our nature to give empathy, and sadly somehow we lose that capacity over time - especially when we have an experience of “being attacked.”  Yet, it is this core practice which can stop conflict in its tracks.  I’ve seen this magic over and over again in working with others and experienced it first-hand in my own interactions.  Honestly, the NVC process is the most powerful way I have seen to make peace go from this abstract concept to a real world, concrete, in our daily lives experience. 

To that end… my mission continues! 

I have so much going on to help our NVC community continue to blossom.  Please join me or send people to join me to any/all of the following events.  My next Communication Solution Intensive is June 22 and 23.  You can see more details to the left of this writing as well as a link to sign up.  I also have a Taste of NVC Event coming up this week and the ongoing weekly practice session

Lastly, just want to share that I will be teaching NVC for 10 weeks at the Palmer Monroe Teen Center to approximately 30 teens who have been referred by the Juvenile Justice system to the Community Connections program which is run out of the Teen Center.  This is a dream come true for me – to be able to share NVC with individuals and plant these skills of peace and connection at a ripe age.  Please send loving thoughts as I take this ride; I’m guessing it may be challenging and I’m so grateful that I have NVC skills to navigate the journey.

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