Imagining Our Needs
Excerpts from The Joy of Compassionate Connecting - The Way of Christ Through Nonviolent Communication, Chapter 11. We Are Part of the Garden.
Used with permission from the author
Think about staring into a meadow with a hundred different shades of green. Think of the majesty of ancient pine trees, or the simple rippling sound of a stream of fresh running water. Recall the soothing sound of the waves crashing on the sand at the beach and the green glow of sunlight through a wave just before it breaks. Think about gazing into the center of a rose and smelling its sweet, pungent fragrance.
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Integrity calls us to act in ways that are consistent with our hearts, ways to live outwardly in harmony with what we know to be true inside. This space within us is stimulated when we see others acting in ways consistent with their values. We are self-similar25 when we look at our lives in different settings within our various spheres of influence, both internal and external—and they’re similar. We authentically behave in ways congruent with our values. Integrity is the opposite of hypocrisy.
practices that encourage imagination help to more deeply experience needs
Reading poetry can help you enter liminal space, a zone between the conscious and unconscious, where it's easier to connect to the living energy of needs. Writing from the heart can be a gift to oneself and others; reading ones work to others can more deeply connect us to our life experience.
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