Mediating One’s Life as a Mindfulness Practice

“Dialogue is a conversation…the outcome of which is unknown.”
~ Martin Buber
Fontaine du Dialogue, Angers.

NVC Mediation &/or Mentoring
(You’re welcome to contact Pamela here for a free consultation &/or referral)
Why did the giraffe cross the road? Why did the giraffe cross the road? (5232715954)
“Experiments with Truth” Dialogue-Lab utilizing Nonviolent Communication/Conscious Communication (resource-laden blog &  telepractice group):

Presence Journal (Vol. 24)
See About Page


What is “Nonviolent” about Nonviolent Communication?

New to NVC?  Video intro:
Cup of Empathy – YouTube

ZENVC’s iGiraffe & Ongo Book


The Self-Connection Process &
“Taking the 3rd Chair” in Difficult Conversations
IMG_20180530_213839The No-Fault Zone®


“Never question the beauty of what you are saying because someone reacts with pain, judgment, criticism.  It just means they have not heard you.”
~ Marshall Rosenberg
The Three-Chair Model for Learning NVC [Mediation]:
Developing Capacity for Mindful Presence, Connection, & Skill with NVC

Arnold Lakhovsky – The Conversation (circa 1935)
What is NVC Mediation? A Powerful Model for Healing & Reconciling Conflict


I invite you to follow me (via social media):
@StreetGiraffe  &
arthur_streeton_-_hoddle_st-2c_10_p-m-_-_google_art_projectArthur Streeton – Hoddle Street, 10 pm
(More on my idiosyncratic take on ‘streetifying’)


Defined:  “In modern prose and poetry ‘street’ is used to define non-mainstream, a form of anti-establishment. It probably means to disassociate from what is regarded as ‘establishment’.”
Female_Giraffe_Mikumi_National_ParkMuhammad Mahdi Karim
“I am not easily frightened. Not because I am brave but because I know that I am dealing with human
beings, and that I must try as hard as I can to understand everything that anyone ever does…” (continues)
~ Etty Hillesum in Etty: A Diary 1941–1943



Other NVC Learning Venues
Naked Pictures of Be a Arthur
“Most conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of a witness.”
~ Margaret Millar
Handy Handouts:
ZENVC’s Communication Flow Chart


“The art of conversation is the art of hearing as well of being heard.”
~ William Hazlitt, Selected Essays, 1778-1830


Connected Conversations

Dialogue Prep

Three Layers of Empathy

Read the writer/writing that introduced me to NVC:

Say it Right – Tricycle by Katy Butler
Katy Butler begins this piece by referencing an NVC tenent which posits that while our [universal-human] needs are never in conflict, our strategies for attending to them often can be.  She then presences the Buddhist precept of Right Speech, offering that many dharma teachers view Nonviolent Communication as supportive to this end.


Taking the Third Chair
“Three chairs can change your life…”
~ John Kinyon
three_chairs_from_hampton_court2c_hardwick2c_and_knoleCredit:  Three Chairs
3Chairs Process for Difficult Conversations
(via Kinyon’s Learning Resources)
Thonet chair balanceBy Gebrüder Thonet
“Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don’t believe is right.”
~ Jane Goodall


Martin Luther King, Jr.’s
“Fierce Urgency of Now”
We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked and dejected with a lost opportunity. The “tide in the affairs of men” does not remain at the flood; it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is deaf to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residue of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words: “Too late.” There is an invisible book of life that faithfully records our vigilance or our neglect. “The moving finger writes, and having writ moves on…” We still have a choice today; nonviolent coexistence or violent co-annihilation.
By Oliver Vass

Street Dispatches:
My experiments with truth blog
Louise Ingram Rayner
 Wanting Fully Without Attachment
“In a real sense all life is inter-related. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be… This is the inter-related structure of reality.” ― Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail and the Struggle That Changed a Nation
 Gandhi & Walking One’s Talk


“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
— Andre Gide