Many of you may not know that I have a YouTube Channel. I have not posted a new video in a while but here is a new video I posted a few days ago on Nonviolent Communication (NVC). I have been teaching NVC since 2004 and I am a certified trainer with the ...
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"Harmony of the Heart" - 5 new articles

  1. Four Components of Nonviolent Communication
  2. Principles of Nonviolence Podcast on Preacher Boys - Eddie Zacapa
  3. Practicing Nonviolence in Our Current Times
  4. Write a Letter to Someone in Your Past Who Made a Difference in Your Life
  5. A Season for Nonviolence - A National 64-day Campaign
  6. More Recent Articles

Four Components of Nonviolent Communication

 
 

Many of you may not know that I have a YouTube Channel. I have not posted a new video in a while but here is a new video I posted a few days ago on Nonviolent Communication (NVC). 

I have been teaching NVC since 2004 and I am a certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication. I hope that you take time to watch this video that goes over the four components of NVC and like the video and share it with others. And don't forget to subscribe to my channel as well!
     

Principles of Nonviolence Podcast on Preacher Boys - Eddie Zacapa

I have worked in the domestic violence field for over 19 years and have provided programs to men and women who have used power-over strategies with others that include physical violence and abuse. 

In this interview by Eric Skwarczynski of the Preacher Boys Podcast we talked about my work in the domestic violence field, the batterer intervention programs that I have facilitated and/or overseen that have had a zero percent recidivism for graduates, my childhood, parenting and my new book Principles and Practices of Nonviolence: 30 Meditations for Practicing Compassion

Domestic Violence is not a topic that we tend to want to talk about but it is a subject that is important for us to discuss. It is essential that we deal with this uncomfortable subject to bring more awareness about domestic violence and abuse. 

Preacher Boys Podcast dedicates its podcast to bringing to light abuse of all kinds and exposing it by talking about it in a way that can help us all. I encourage you to also subscribe to the podcast. 

I hope you get an opportunity to listen to the podcast and share it with others. 

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Practicing Nonviolence in Our Current Times

Nonviolence is not a garment to be put on and off at will, its seat is in the heart and it must be an inseparable part of our very being.” —Mahatma Gandhi 1

The principles of nonviolence that Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. practiced, modeled, and lived out have impacted billions of people and led to many social change movements marked in history.

Nonviolence is rooted in the principle of ahimsa, which literally means to be without harm to oneself, others, and all living things. It is the place where compassion can flow in each of us and where there is no room in the heart for violence. “With truth combined with ahimsa,” Gandhi writes, “You can bring the world to your feet.” 2

Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and many others have seen the power of ahimsa and nonviolence firsthand and have in many ways brought nations to their feet. Walter Wink cites in his book The Powers that Be, “In 1989 alone, thirteen nations comprising 1.7 billion people—over thirty-two percent of humanity—experienced nonviolent revolutions. They succeeded beyond anyone’s wildest expectations in every case but China. And they were completely peaceful (on the part of the protesters) in every case but Romania and parts of the southern U.S.S.R. If we add all the countries touched by major nonviolent actions in this century, the figure reaches almost 3 billion—a staggering sixty four percent of humanity!” 3

Nonviolence has been around for a long time and it has been used effectively for centuries. Yet, it was not “developed into a movement complete with strategies and tactics until Gandhi and King.” 4

Wink adds, “No one with any knowledge of history can ever again say that nonviolence “doesn’t work.” 5

A Way of Life

For Gandhi and King, nonviolence was not just a strategy and/or tactic for a peaceful protest or movement—it was a way of life. Nonviolence was meant to be lived out daily.

To Gandhi, ahimsa or nonviolence was the duty of all, not just a select few. It encompassed being kind to all and not producing harm in any way to another. “In addition, he made it a positive and dynamic method of political action to challenge evils that had been allowed to fester—from the domination by the British to the acceptance within Hinduism of untouchability,” writes Terrence J. Rynne. “It was a method, in fact, that could be used in every arena of life.”  Read more

     

Write a Letter to Someone in Your Past Who Made a Difference in Your Life

Yesterday, as I was participating in the Season for Nonviolence, the challenge for the day was to write a letter to someone in your past who has contributed to your well-being. I thought of my father.
I wrote:

"I am deeply grateful for your love, support, acceptance and gentle spirit. I believe that these qualities that you lived helped me become who I am. I miss you very much and wish I could have shared so many more memories with you. You really were an anchor for me and modeled what grace and unconditional acceptance means. Thank you!"
I encourage you to think of someone in your past who you are grateful for who contributed to your well-being.
     

A Season for Nonviolence - A National 64-day Campaign

 Carry The Vision of Peace A Season for Nonviolence, a national 64-day campaign committed to demonstrating that nonviolence works, just started yesterday. 

The campaign, which begins January 30 and ends on April 4, was inspired by the 50th and 30th memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Season for Nonviolence was established by Arun Gandhi, Mohandas Gandhi's grandson. The international event honors the vision of individuals like these two and many others who have been pioneers in the nonviolent movement.

I invite you to participate in this 64-day campaign by checking out the website dedicated to this season created by www.gandhiinstitute.orgThey have created a brochure called daily practices where you can read a reading that has a thought for each day to help individuals reflect on living peace. To check it out click here.

I also recently wrote a book Principles and Practices of Nonviolence: 30 Meditations for Practicing Compassion that was inspired by my time participating in the national campaign some years ago. My hope in writing the book was that some day people could read it while participating in a Season for Nonviolence. I hope you will consider doing so. If you cannot purchase a copy and would like a free electronic copy email eddiez@lec-now.com for a copy. 

Both Gandhi and King, who both acknowledged being influenced by the teachings of Jesus, demonstrated in their movements the power of nonviolence to heal, transform and empower lives and communities. I hope that you can be inspired by their teaching and insights to do the same. 
     

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