Modern education pays attention to the development of the brain and the intellect, but this is not enough. We need also to be able to develop warm-heartedness in our educational systems. This we need from kindergarten all the way through university.
I couldn’t agree more. Without cultivating warm-heartedness, compassion and empathy for the self and other, we risk cultivating ignorance, indifference, fear and hate. And everywhere you look, there are far too many examples of these human characteristics. The world doesn’t need to develop these anymore. I believe that one of the ways to develop as the Dalai Lama suggests is to learn how to communicate in peaceful, nonviolent ways. This is why it is important to teach this form of communication.
This brings me to a point of clarification. After receiving kind feedback from one of my favorite readers, and after rereading yesterday’s post, I realized that I wasn’t clear about why I chose to write about my experience with nonviolent communication (NVC). I usually post my reflections on what happened in the classroom, but yesterday’s post was much more personal.
To me, nonviolent communication and pedagogy are synonymous practices. This is one of my greatest passions, and a way of life I strive to practice and instill despite the challenges. This is why I have been meeting with my NVC practice group for the last two years. Without this regular work, I know I would be struggling even more to make this passion a reality.
Unfortunately, unless you’re highly evolved, warm-heartedness, compassion and empathy won’t easily come to you. You’ll have to work for it. If you aren’t exposed to these important characteristics in your formative years, you’ll have to work even harder. But more than likely, they’ll completely bypass you, hence the Dalai Lama’s Facebook status.
So, perhaps my blog is about to embark on a new path. In an attempt to revive my dream of empowering teachers to help develop compassionate human beings (students), on occasion I will use my blog to reflect on how I observed elements of NVC in my classroom, from either the point of view of my participants or my own. Through these reflections I hope to gain, and share, a stronger understanding of how warm-heartedness can create a space for itself in our education systems.
- Peaceful Co-existence After Sept. 11 From The Dalai Lama (wellbeinginsideandout.wordpress.com)
- Non-violence (olmwsimpletruths.wordpress.com)