155: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication
Published January 24, 2019
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    Finding your voice, learning how to say what you mean, and how to listen deeply: this is one of the most rewarding journeys you can take.” — Oren Jay Sofer

    Today we have Oren Jay Sofer on the podcast. Sofer teaches meditation and communication nationally. He holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University, and is a member of the Spirit Rock Teacher’s Council. He is also a Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication, a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner for healing trauma, and he is the Senior Program Developer at Mindful Schools. Sofer is author of Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication.

    In this episode we discuss:


    • The importance of slowing down
    • Marshall Rosenberg’s system of nonviolent communication
    • How our behaviors can viewed as an attempt to meet a deeper need
    • Entering relationships from a sense of deprivation vs. a place of growth
    • The importance of relational awareness
    • The undervalued skill of healthy communication
    • Why intention is the single most important ingredient in dialogue
    • Martin Buber’s distinction between the I-Thou vs. I-It relationship
    • The importance of the “do over”
    • How to heal after a breakup
    • The importance of forgiveness and how it happens on its own time schedule



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