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1/ From Anger & Self-Destruction to Connection & Compassion

This series of videos follows me from a dark place, where fear and anger prevail and emotional collapse is just around the corner. At times, I’m locked in and ready to self-destruct. I want to face myself, to look deeply at the inner workings of my thinking and feelings.

With the help of the delightful Truthy & Giraffe, who are much better able to express myself than I am, I find ways to handle my inner world and even reach a point of befriending myself. If these videos can support others to grow their personal insight and see the value of inner work then my fear and shame of posting them publicly will be easier to bear.

The Jackal & Giraffe characters were born through Marshall Rosenberg’s process of Nonviolent Communication. I share the intention of NVC to connect with life, but I have moved away from the traditional 4 step process of observation, feeling, need, request, and I’m working with the idea that our feelings are caused primarily by our thoughts, veering slightly off the NVC path which focuses on needs.

Behind the scenes of my videos is my partner Arne Mayoh, whose input is indispensable. We have worked relentlessly together on reactions, thinking, relationships and everything else we can find to increase our awareness, connection and insights.

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