NVC and Stoicism
”To be free of passion and yet full of love”
– Marcus Aurelius
When we think of a typical ”stoic”, we often picture someone enduring pain without visible emotions, instead showing a ”stiff upper lip”. But the ancient Stoics had much different ideas about the core of their philosophy: Much like practitioners of NVC, they were taught to separate observation from judgement, and to be wary of confusing feelings with the thoughts that often accompany them. They also strived to live a life based on the values most dear to them.
In this session, we will have a look at the interesting relationship between NVC and Stoicism, and how Stoic techniques can help us separate observation from judgement, and to take responsibility for our feelings. We will also encounter the fruitful contrast between needs (and values), as seen in NVC, and the Stoic idea of virtues.
Everyone interested is invited. It is assumed that participants have some knowledge of NVC. No prior knowledge of Stoicism is required or assumed.
[Workshop organised in frame of Time for Empathy 2021]
When: 13 March 2021, 16:30-18:00 CET (Berlin time)
How: ONLINE on ZOOM
About the trainer:
Gabriel is a university teacher and a journalist, and has been learning and practising NVC for four years. During 2020, he took part in two week long courses of Stoic Mindfulness and Resilience Training (SMRT and StoicWeek).
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