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