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Innate Empathy: Strengthening the Heart
July 20, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
How consistently are we able to use our communication tools, meditation techniques, or psychological frameworks for well-being, balance and connection in our work and daily lives? Often, such tools are taught or practiced without adequate cultivation of the intention, the heart-quality, that must guide them in order to successfully accomplish their aims.
A fully embodied and integrated experience of empathy – the felt, emotional resonance with experience – is a key that can transform of our use of these many tools, enhance our ability to employ them skillfully, and enrich the quality of our lives.
In this workshop we will learn practices to develop the basis for skillful communication, inner resilience and fulfilling relationships. Through a combination of imagery, movement, guided reflection and interactive exercises, participants will deepen an innate sense of empathy, learn ways to develop this in daily life, and strengthen the ability to stay present in all circumstances. Appropriate for all levels of Nonviolent Communication and meditation students; some experience with either is recommended but not required.
Cost: Sliding scale $20-$60 ($25-$60 after July 16th)
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About the Instructor
Oren Jay Sofer is a Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication and teaches communication and meditation nationally. He has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1997, holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University, and is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner for trauma healing. Oren is also a member of the Spirit Rock Teachers’ Council, founder of Next Step Dharma, and the author of Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication.