Speaker to demonstrate nonviolent communication
Belfast — Certified trainer Peggy Smith leads an interactive presentation that will demonstrate nonviolent communication — listening and responding from our empathic nature, even in the face of conflict — in this month's Destination Wellness Series Monday, Oct. 24, from noon to 1 p.m. at Belfast Free Library.
Participants will gain concrete skills for using daily conflicts to relate more authentically and compassionately to the people around them. In times when so much communication can become polarized and stressful, nonviolent communication is an invitation to reconsider how we express ourselves authentically and how we listen to others with empathy.
A news release from Destination Wellness asks: Would you like to deal with conflict more skillfully? Be sensitive to others without giving up your own needs? Increase authentic harmony at home and at work? Deepen intimacy and have more ease within relationships?
Smith will teach that disagreeing doesn’t have to mean compromising your relationship. She demonstrates how the fundamentals of nonviolent communication can improve the quality of your life and those around you.
Smith is a certified trainer of nonviolent communication as developed by Marshall B. Rosenberg. She has been sharing this life-serving process in Maine for over 10 years. She has also worked with educators in the Middle East and South Asia through Seeds of Peace International. Smith is also an ordained Dharma teacher in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. As such, enhancing compassion and presence within human communication is the foundation of all her work. For more information, go to opencommunication.org.