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From Conflict to Cooperation

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Week Three:  Communication

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Quick Recap:

  • We started by naming a feeling and need we were each having in the moment.
  • We grounded ourselves with self-massage.
  • We discussed the four components of nonviolent communication:  (1) Consciousness - a set of principles that support living a life of compassion, courage, collaboration, and authenticity;  (2)  Language - understanding how words contribute to connection or distance; (3) Communication - knowing how to ask for what we want, how to hear others even in disagreement, and how to move towards solutions that work for all; and (4) Means of Influence - sharing power WITH others rather than using power OVER others.
  • We practiced using the script:  When I see _________________, I feel ___________________ because I have a need for _________________.  Would you be willing to ___________________?
  • We closed with a loving kindness meditation.


  • Practice "conscious communication" from the template.


Embracing Conflict:

  • How do I feel about conflict?
  • How was conflict handled in my family?
  • How does hearing "no" make me feel?


  • Slow down.  
  • Slow down again.
  • Ground yourself in PRESENT moment feelings and needs.
  • Focus on empathy and connection.
  • Ask for help.
  • Continue to empathize until everyone agrees that their feelings and needs have been understood.
  • ONLY then explore solutions.
  • Celebrate our peacemaking.

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