Compassionate communication is motivated by a sincere desire to foster a connection of love and caring in our relationships. We are concerned with the suffering of others and use empathy for both ourselves and others to strengthen this connection.
Engaging in compassionate communication requires us to be vulnerable and honest, often creating fear that others will mistreat us.
By staying with the process though, we can build stronger relationships with those around us; whether it’s in business, with strangers, our family, children, or intimate relationships.
In a world where so many things seem dire, our ability to compassionately relate to each other is more important than ever.
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Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.
– Albert Einstein
I don’t believe that some people are innately more compassionate than others. Compassion is a core component of our humanity. In the western world, our systems and institutions are not set up to encourage and nurture our compassionate nature.
What this means is that 1) we have to be lucky enough to have compassionate role models in our lives; and/or 2) we have to become aware of the importance of compassion, then actively seek out ways to cultivate it.
Owlsight is a response for those who are seeking.
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Compassionate communication is based on the work by Marshall B. Rosenberg and the Center for Nonviolent Communication.