“Dialogue is a conversation … the outcome of which is unknown.” — Martin Buber
I. Check-in – essentializing w/ naturalized expression of OFNR (“40 Words” or less)
II. Self-Connection – OFNR* (the root of ‘stealth NVC/street giraffe’)
III. Street-Dispatches w/Matrix** + Fluency w/Feelings & [Living-Energy] Needs
IV. “Bricks & Mortar” – Fleshing out Universal Needs: Word-to-Phrase***
V. “Blueprint” – Dialogue/Role Play w/iGiraffe (Experiments: NVC Consciousness)
VI. Check-out – Flowers, Tears & Lightbulbs w/ Connection Requests
(NVC as a ‘mindfulness-training’ &/or ‘awareness-practice’
masquerading as a language technique)
** Tab III – “Dispatches from the Street” w/Matrix | Pathways to Liberation (i.e. someone volunteers to share an anecdote from their lives/week, framing any NVC wisdom to be gleaned via the Matrix). [Listen to a recording of how to utilize Pathways to Liberation: Matrix of Self-assessment via Compassionate Leadership.] Optional practice: Fluency with conveying Feelings & [Living-Energy] of Needs — (note: “Feelings” that blame).
Check-out: VI — Flowers-Tears-&-Lightbulbs (a.k.a. celebration/mourning/insight); alternatively a brief expression of an NVC intention, for the upcoming week. [Utilizing tools: Kashtan’s Connection Requests document optional.]
Any inquiries about joining our peer-led “Street Giraffe” practice group, which takes place on Sundays @ 9 pm/ET, may be directed to our email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As you cultivate a needs consciousness, you are ready to move into
- Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.
Indian political and spiritual leader (1869 – 1948)
How does one get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice…
“Although I am not a musician, I once had the opportunity to hold in my hands an exquisitely made violin dating to the eighteenth century. What amazed me, even more than its harmonious lines or the beautiful grain of its wood, was that, holding it, I could feel it vibrate. It was not an inert object. It resonated with the various sounds that happened to resonate around it: another violin, a tram passing in the street, a human voice. If you hold an ordinary, factory-made violin, that just doesn’t happen. There can be hundreds of sounds around it and the violin remains numb. In order to obtain that fine sensitivity and extraordinary resonance of the old violin, the makers had to had an exceptional knowledge of wood and its seasoning; they were supported by the artisan tradition of generations, and they were endowed with the talent of cutting the wood and furnishing the instrument. This marvelous responsiveness is an active virtue. It is the capacity of the violin to enter into resonance, and it goes hand in hand with its capacity to create sound of extraordinary quality — music with a soul, able to move and to inspire. We human are, or at least can be, like that violin.”
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’ …