Perceiving a fullness of needs

Maybe it is just me, but when I first became aware of NVC, I focused primarily on conflict resolution.  Maybe it is because I value peace, harmony, and understanding so much.  Maybe it is because I have small children and I was searching for tools that could create more peace, harmony, and understanding between my husband and I as well as between siblings.  Now that I've been practicing for years, I am doing more practice of gratitude with NVC.  The ways of healing, growing, and transforming with these tools are ever expanding.
I read this quote from Dalai Lama recently,
"The idea of one side suffering defeat while the other side triumphs is out of date. Instead we have to develop dialogue. We have to make an effort if we want a peaceful, more compassionate world. It requires education, based on patience, tolerance and forgiveness. Too often violence results from greed, so we also need contentment and self-discipline."
I was struck with how Marshall Rosenberg, PhD, describes the principle that we are the ONLY one that can perceive whether our needs are fulfilled or not.  It is my understanding that our contentment is a function of our perception of need fulfillment.  As we practice gratitude, non-attachment to our out-dated perceptions of what it takes to have needs satisfied, we are capable and are empowered to simplify and open a wider understanding of contentment.
May you sense the fulfillment of your needs today.  May acceptance, gratitude, and a desire for everyone's needs being met allow us to let go of attachment to an idea of what it might require for us to be content.
Imagine the fullness and beauty of all your needs and everyone else's.
Grace in, peace out,
Brooke

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