Let Wisdom Guide Our Lives and Humanity

The following is cross-posted from OlyBlog (i.e. I already published it there and I am re-posting it here):

I want to share some wisdom that was recently shared with me. A friend printed up a couple cards, and the information that they contain really resonates deeply with me. One is some wisdom from Marshall Rosenberg, author of Nonviolent Communication. The other is wisdom from Buddhadasa, a Thai monk.

By the way, there are nonviolent communication courses being offered at locations throughout the Puget Sound region. Northwest Compassionate Communication

Here's the card on Buddhadasa, according to my transcription:

Forestknow the heart

know the heart
or essence
of your own
and encourage others
to know theirs.

share with others
at deeper levels,
don't dwell on the
recognize those things
held in common
and build on that Blowing in the Wind

work together to
"drag humanity out from
under the power of

sharings from

servant of the

a thai monk

Now for the card based on Marshall Rosenberg's theory of nonviolent communication:

Cloud basic



marshall roseburg
nonviolent communication

"at every moment we have the
power to make life wonderful"

"basic needs are never in conflict,
get past enemy image"

some basic human needs:
understanding / empathy,
Dark Woods Trailcontribute (meaningfully to life),
power (influence one's space),
justice (restorative...)
belonging / community

"when we interact
on the level of
basic human needs
there is no conflict"

And be sure to watch this video with Marshall Rosenberg:

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