Oct 28, 2020
What deepens our lives?
What does it mean to be human?
As a teacher and practitioner of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), Rachelle Lamb has devoted over 40 years to these questions. I discovered Rachelle’s body of work while doing research for my book, and a was compelled to leave her a message that same morning. It was really inspiring to find someone so committed to creating global change, by working on a very personal level.
These themes are ever-present in our lives in 2020, as we navigate issues like a pandemic, political division, and the impact of climate change. Tackling complex and emotionally charged topics often begins in our homes, around our tables. What struck me about Rachelle is her balance between gentle compassion, and unwavering strength.
There’s a quote I love from Swami Sri Yukteswar, who was the guru of my teacher, Paramahansa Yogananda:
“Gentle as the flower where kindness is concerned. Stronger than the thunder when principles are at stake.”
Our world needs more kindness and strength, and it gives me hope to find a teacher like Rachelle who is so committed to training and embodying both qualities.
At the core of nonviolent communication is the practice of making neutral observations, identifying our feelings, clearly stating our needs, and making a request. Dr. Marshall Rosenberg developed the Nonviolent Communication framework in the 60s. Rachelle Lamb studied with, and was certified by Dr. Rosenberg, and continues to carry his work forward in so many cool ways.