My Path to Compassionate Communication

Of all capa­ci­ties I lear­ned in my life, I hold most valu­able the capa­ci­ty of com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on. Understanding and knowing how to express clear­ly — both in any case are a craft and some­ti­mes an art at that. Art and craft­mans­ship of dia­lo­gue.

When some years ago I encoun­te­red the work of Marshall Rosenberg I was fasci­na­ted by the sim­pli­ci­ty of the Four-Step Process and enthu­si­astic about its pos­si­bi­li­ties. Taking part in an in-depth 15-days traing of NVC in 2013, I expe­ri­en­ced the pro­cess of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) wit­hin mys­elf and others. I beca­me con­vin­ced of the poten­ti­als of this com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on stra­te­gy. Among others in offers the pos­si­bi­li­ty of real human libe­ra­ti­on along with a deve­lo­ping inner spi­ri­tu­al atti­tu­de, empowe­ring and deeply mea­ning­ful at the same time.

It´’s simp­le, but not easy.

Since then I did my best to learn the craft­manship of giraf­fe lan­guage. Being com­pas­sio­na­te with mys­elf and others, per­sist­ent­ly wan­ting to honor my own needs and the needs of others, con­stant­ly working to incre­a­se gent­leness with mista­kes, knowing less and less while stri­ving to live in a more open and vul­nerable way.

On one hand it is a sin­gu­lar pro­cess and in the big view it is a lan­guage of life and peace.

With gra­ti­tue I recall things my NVC tea­chers have said or done — Miki Kashtan, Klaus Karstädt, Sabine Fiedel, Stephanie Mattei, Robert Gonzales, Esther Gerdts, Tina Schmitt, Sabine Geiger, Ingrid Bauer, Mary Mackenzie, Sylvia Haskvitz und Liv Larsson. Big heart­felt thanks.

But this here is about mys­elf.

My gui­ding princip­le — I want to say my truth with cou­ra­ge and care.