Food for Thought Holiday
My children used to ask me what food do we eat to celebrate Martin Luther King Day?
My answer has been, it is a food for thought day. It is a day for me to listen to great speeches, understand the principles of Nonviolence and then communicate those principles with the actions of my words and life.
The best way I know to vision and change the world is to begin with myself, to make sure that I am being nonviolent. I have studied Emerson, Thoreau, Gandhi and Dr. King’s words and work; for the past 10 years I have found Dr. Marshall Rosenberg’s Workbook and practice group to be most beneficial for putting nonviolence into an action plan.
Rosenberg’s Work begins from inside of an individual to stop the violent and negative self-indulgent conversations we have, and has been called the language for the New Millennia because anyone can do it and it just changes the whole perspective of one’s world view. I am more respectful of my own self and when problem-solving and communicating with folks who are confused or conflicted (teenagers) it is most powerful.
Small children are given equally footing in a conversation or conflict – they feel powerful and connected.
I am actively using this work to change my thinking paradigm about money and how I think about abundance and finance. Today I will pause and put it to work to feel peaceful and relaxed.
My Physician just called to see how I was doing with my processes of healing. I had clearly asked her to demonstrate she cared about my struggle with healing and on this day of celebrating nonviolence she thought a call and some clarifications would indicate her support and caring. It Did!
My children have all studied Nonviolent Communications and are now finding the techniques extremely helpful in their lives – particularly in areas of conflict and communications.
So I am going to recommend to each of you this most wonderful workbook and maybe you too could form a practice group in order to celebrate nonviolence? It will change your life – particularly your communications skills.
The workbook is available from Amazon:
How do you celebrate nonviolence in your life? Looking forward to your great words of sharing:
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