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Seeing the Shadow Side: Daily Metta

In this talk, Michael addresses the very common misconception about nonviolence, only slightly less common than it was in 1906, that it is the absence of violence purely and simply, and therefore a very weak force, if a force at all. Please add your comments below. About Daily Metta Stephanie Van Hook, the Metta Center’s executive director, launched Daily Metta in 2015 as a way to share Gandhi’s spiritual wisdom and experiments with nonviolence. Our 2016 Daily Metta continues with Gandhi on weekdays. On weekends, we share videos that complement Michael Nagler’s award-winning book, The Search for a Nonviolent Future: A Promise of Peace for Ourselves, Our Families, and Our World. To help readers engage with the book more deeply, the Metta Center offers a free PDF study guide. Enjoy more Daily Metta: See the  archives Get Daily Metta by email: Subscribe    

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A Different Kind of Power: Newsletter

Awakening the Power that Lies Within
More than putting different people in power, nonviolence is about rousing a different kind of power in people. The commercial mass media system, with its violence and vulgarity, is an obstructive force to human prog…

Convergent Facilitation – Podcast

In this episode of Peace Paradigm Radio, we welcome our friend Miki Kashtan to talk about convergent facilitation, a term she coined for this unique decision-making process for organizations, businesses and groups that is rooted firmly in the principles of nonviolent communication.  Miki is a co-founder of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication (BayNVC) and the author of Reweaving Our Human Fabric: Working together to Create a Nonviolent Future,  Spinning Threads of Radical Aliveness: Transcending the Legacy of Separation in Our Individual Lives and The Little Book of Courageous Living. She is also an avid blogger at The Fearless Heart. Then, Michael Nagler graces us with the most recent Nonviolence in the News. Don’t miss it! Listen in here! (Or go underneath the bio box below to find ways to download this show  or listen through our player on this page…)

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Power of Vulnerability–Daily Metta

“Everyone is experiencing nonviolence but since they don’t have a name for it, it doesn’t stick.”  Michael recaps the story on page 43 of Search for a Nonviolent Future, of the woman who stood up to her husband, which illustrates three interesting points about nonviolence: a)there is no name for it that we recognize; b) because of this we cannot build upon and learn from our experiences common though they are; and c) that people often spontaneously practice aspects of nonviolence, in this case, “the power of vulnerability.” Add your comments below. About Daily Metta Stephanie Van Hook, the Metta Center’s executive director, launched Daily Metta in 2015 as a way to share Gandhi’s spiritual wisdom and experiments with nonviolence. Our 2016 Daily Metta continues with Gandhi on weekdays. On weekends, we share videos that complement Michael Nagler’s award-winning book, The Search for a Nonviolent Future: A Promise of Peace for Ourselves, Our Families, and Our World. To help readers engage with the book more deeply, the Metta Center offers a free PDF study guide. Enjoy more Daily Metta: See the  archives Get Daily Metta by email: Subscribe    

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Are we ignoring the lesson of nonviolence? Daily Metta

“We are seeing nonviolence working all the time and we are ignoring the lesson.”  When nonviolence happens, do we notice? Michael relates two stories: Nurse Joan Black and Antoinette Tuff, and examines how the media interpreted them, and emphasizes that if our understanding of nonviolence were richer, we would learn something powerful about our capacity as human beings to resolve our greatest challenges. Add your comments below. About Daily Metta Stephanie Van Hook, the Metta Center’s executive director, launched Daily Metta in 2015 as a way to share Gandhi’s spiritual wisdom and experiments with nonviolence. Our 2016 Daily Metta continues with Gandhi on weekdays. On weekends, we share videos that complement Michael Nagler’s award-winning book, The Search for a Nonviolent Future: A Promise of Peace for Ourselves, Our Families, and Our World. To help readers engage with the book more deeply, the Metta Center offers a free PDF study guide. Enjoy more Daily Metta: See the  archives Get Daily Metta by email: Subscribe    

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Three lenses for violence–Daily Metta

“Violence is a failure of the imagination.” In today’s conversation Michael talks about the “three lenses” one can use to look at violence: moral, medical, and educational. He explains why we think the moral model is not working, why the medical model is better, and why the educational model would be best, although we hardly use it.     Add your comments below. About Daily Metta Stephanie Van Hook, the Metta Center’s executive director, launched Daily Metta in 2015 as a way to share Gandhi’s spiritual wisdom and experiments with nonviolence. Our 2016 Daily Metta continues with Gandhi on weekdays. On weekends, we share videos that complement Michael Nagler’s award-winning book, The Search for a Nonviolent Future: A Promise of Peace for Ourselves, Our Families, and Our World. To help readers engage with the book more deeply, the Metta Center offers a free PDF study guide. Enjoy more Daily Metta: See the  archives Get Daily Metta by email: Subscribe    

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We feel each other’s pain–Daily Metta

“People would be likely to refrain from harming others if they knew that in doing so they were really harming themselves.” In this video Michael discusses the fact that modern science specifically neuroscience, specifically mirror neurons, confirm that fact that we feel one another’s pain. This is important because if people were more aware of this, they would be much less likely to hurt others, i.e. be violent. Add your comments below. About Daily Metta Stephanie Van Hook, the Metta Center’s executive director, launched Daily Metta in 2015 as a way to share Gandhi’s spiritual wisdom and experiments with nonviolence. Our 2016 Daily Metta continues with Gandhi on weekdays. On weekends, we share videos that complement Michael Nagler’s award-winning book, The Search for a Nonviolent Future: A Promise of Peace for Ourselves, Our Families, and Our World. To help readers engage with the book more deeply, the Metta Center offers a free PDF study guide. Enjoy more Daily Metta: See the  archives Get Daily Metta by email: Subscribe    

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‘Tis the Season of Nonviolence: Newsletter

Thinking Big With Nonviolence It’s interesting to notice that the Season for Nonviolence and Black History Month intersect in February. Interesting, but not surprising, because we do not have to dig down that deeply into “black history” to start uncovering and rediscovering the stories and realities that led many people to join together in a spirit of unity in diversity on the path of nonviolent struggle. In our latest newsletter, you’ll find a variety of tips and resources to help you stay aligned to your nonviolence path. May you be free, happy, and peaceful. Read the February 10, 2016 newsletter. Subscribe to our newsletter.

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What About Humiliation? – Podcast

After a wonderful episode of Nonviolence in the News, in which co-host Michael Nagler brings us resources and news from around the world about Gandhi, Campesinos, Nonviolent Peaceforce, and recent and upcoming protests and demonstrations, Co-host Stephanie Van Hook joins the conversation to tackle the subject of humiliation. What exactly is it? What happens when we humiliate and/or are humiliated? Is there a difference between humiliation and shame? And what about dignity? And what can we do? This and more… Listen in here! (Or go underneath the bio box below to find ways to download this show  or listen through our player on this page…)

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A life-affirming orientation–Daily Metta

“It’s through discovering our capacity for nonviolence–our ability to offer it and our ability to respond to it– that we discover something absolutely fundamental about human nature.” In today’s Daily Metta video, Michael suggests that the nature of our task is to discover our capacity for nonviolence, which lies at the basis of our nature. Our challenge, however, is to overcome an unconscious death orientation in our society.     Thank you for contributing to the comments below. About Daily Metta Stephanie Van Hook, the Metta Center’s executive director, launched Daily Metta in 2015 as a way to share Gandhi’s spiritual wisdom and experiments with nonviolence. Our 2016 Daily Metta continues with Gandhi on weekdays. On weekends, we share videos that complement Michael Nagler’s award-winning book, The Search for a Nonviolent Future: A Promise of Peace for Ourselves, Our Families, and Our World. To help readers engage with the book more deeply, the Metta Center offers a free PDF study guide. Enjoy more Daily Metta: See the  archives Get Daily Metta by email: Subscribe    

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