Nonviolence is deeper than simply committing to forsake violent actions. It is a way of being, communicating and empathizing with others. Activists of Combatants for Peace are committed to achieving nonviolence in their thoughts, words and deeds. This process is one of communication and deep reconciliation.
In early September, about 30 Israeli and Palestinian activists participated in a workshop in Non-Violent Commuication (NVC), organized by founding-director Marshall Rosenthal, Phd. The workshop was conducted by Tarek Maassaarani, the head manager of the Salem Institute for International Peace and Justice in the USA. CfP organizer/facilitator said this about the event: “We had a very productive and beautiful workshop yesterday with Tarek Massarani. A fabulous NVC trainer from the US who has been working with NVC, restorative justice, conflict transformation and peace building in this region over the past 15 years.”
Thank you Tarek Maassaarani for the important tools you are giving Combatants for Peace! We know the Combatants are making a difference. They are changing the world for the better, everyday.
What is Nonviolent Communication?
Nonviolent Communication is the integration of 4 things:
1. Consciousness: a set of principles that support living a life of compassion, collaboration, courage and authenticity.
2. Language: understanding how words contribute to connection or distance.
3. Communication: knowing how to ask for what we want, how to hear others even in disagreement, and how to move toward solutions that work for all.
4. Means of influence: sharing “power with others” rather than using “power over others.”
NVC serves our desire to do three things:
1. Increasing our ability to live with choice, meaning and connection.
2. Connecting empathically with self and others to have more satisfying relationships.
3. Sharing of resources so everyone is able to benefit.