Marshall Rosenberg, author of “Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life” and founder of the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC), passed away February 7, 2015, among his family members.
I won’t attempt to name all that Marshall did in his life. See this wikipedia page about him or visit the Center for Nonviolent Communication’s bio page for more info on NVC and the work he brought in the world.
For me personally, I never got the chance to meet him in person. But knew ‘of him’ with some human details through the story-telling of friends and colleagues who got to hang out with him at Intensives and other trainings. What I enjoyed the most was hearing of songs that he sang to illustrate his approaches. One of my favorite, which I still sing to my own two kids, is “See Me Beautiful” by Red Grammer.
His constant search to see what are the qualities of an environment that bring about peace, non-judgment and curiosity/empathy towards one another is one that I deeply resonate with as my own life’s purpose. I remember getting my first understanding of NVC and having some “a-ah!” moments when I realized it brought practical, reachable tools where I could attempt to live my values.
The journey has been long since and I am deeply grateful today to be a candidate for certification with CNVC and share his work, as best as I understand and integrate it, along with other practices that I learned along the way.
As Robert Gonzales, an CNVC-certified trainer, said last weekend when I spent three-days witnessing the healing power of NVC again in his own approaches, the death of Marshall is both a mourning and a celebration, of his life, of his legacy, and now it puts him and other trainers, with whom I have had the chance to study with, like Holley Humphrey, Miki Kashtan, Gina Cenciose and more in the front row of holding on the flame as we all continue to learn and grow together this practice and vision of living nonviolence.
I will end with this picture of Marshall as a child – which his son posted on the “In Memory of Marshall” open Facebook group. It touches me as I particularly love sharing this approach with anyone who connects with children. And supporting children to keep their authentic voice and natural innocent expression of themselves as they grow and learn to recognize and hold the expressions of others.
In deep gratitude for your legacy and inspiration, Marshall.
PS: If you have been wanting to get the book and read more about it, maybe it’s time! I can’t recommend it highly enough. You can find it at many public library, bookstores and online stores. If you feel up for supporting me, I have an Amazon.com affiliate store with NVC: a Language of Life and many other books that I recommend.