Who do you think of when the phrase, ‘non-violence’ is mentioned? Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King or Nelson Mandela? These great leaders preached the importance of reacting to violence with a softer and compassionate approach. Non-violent communication begins with your self-talk.
You cannot be non-violent in your approach to other people while beating yourself up.
How well do you care for yourself?
Do you love your self? And do you treat yourself with the same respect and compassion as the Bible commands to show your neighbor?
Non-Violent Communication Begins With Self-Love
Self-empathy requires us to connect compassionately with what is going on inside of us. This involves noticing (without blame) the thoughts, fears, judgments we are experiencing. It involves paying attention to your emotions, and connecting with the basic needs that have are affecting us.
Few people explore their own pain and the driving forces behind it. You cannot expect to sympathize with someone else when you have not done the work on healing yourself.
Do you accept yourself just as you are? Do you love the person you are today, without judgment and without expecting change?
Yes, change is good. We are all constantly seeking improvement. But this change is far more sustainable when you start from a place of complete self-acceptance.
Treat Yourself With Kindness
You are the first person you need to be kind to. So treat your mistakes with grace and accept them as learning opportunities. Turn your past trauma into a place of healing for other people.
You will start to notice how much more non-violent and kind your communication is with other people when you first practice these principles on your own self.
Sheevaun Moran is a business advisor, master coach, quantum energy thought leader and the founder of Energetic Solutions. She uses business principles with energetic techniques to help more than 25,000 entrepreneurs, CEOs and leaders bring instant focus and shifts to clarity, purpose, and profits.
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