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International Online Conference on:
How Might We Build a Culture of Empathy and Compassion?
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Sub Conference:  Aikido and Empathy

Exploring how Aikido can be used to deepen ones sense of empathy.

Sub Conference: Yoga

Exploring how yoga can be used to deepen ones sense of empathy.  
 

David Weinstock: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Aikido

David Weinstock is a certified International Nonviolent Communication Trainer, a Somatic Coach, Aikido Instructor (30 yrs.) and originator of Somatic Consensus. He leads community workshops in schools, prisons, businesses, intentional communities & organizations around the world.

David and his family live in an intentional community in Washington State that they helped found and where consensus has been practiced for over 20 years. To learn more you can go to his website.

 How to build a culture of empathy?

Panel 17: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Aikido?
Jerry Green
Nick Walker
Quentin Cooke
David Weinstock
Edwin Rutsch
Representatives of Aiki-Extensions, Inc from California, Washington State, England and the Center for Building a Culture if Empathy discuss and demonstrate how principles of Aikido entrain compassion and embody empathy around the world.

Bringing somatic attunement (embodied presence) to conflicted situations. Finding ground and center under pressure. Learning to listen to the different languages of the head, the heart and the wisdom of the belly.
Sub Conference: Aikido & Empathy

Nick Walker and Edwin Rutsch - How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Aikido - Autism

Nick Walker is a speaker, educator, author, and consultant on a wide range of topics. He is the founder and senior instructor of Aikido Shusekai, an aikido dojo in Berkeley, California. He  holds a 6th degree black belt in aikido and has been teaching the art to adults, teens, and children for over thirty years.

He is coleading an empathy training workshop called Embodying Empathy. He says,  empathy is possibly the most important social skill you possess, yet it can be very fragile.

It is common to get triggered and lose the capacity to empathize in the presence of conflict, anger, fear, or anxiety. You may attack or withdraw, or become unable to think or feel your way to a more useful response.

 

The solution: learn to fully embody your empathy so that it becomes a safe and reliable stance that you can return to in times of trouble. In this one-day experiential workshop, empathy expert Karla McLaren and somatic psychologist and aikido teacher Nick Walker will teach you how to access and strengthen your natural capacity for empathy.
Sub Conference: Aikido & Empathy

 Jerry Green & Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Emotional Aikido

Jerry Green is a mediator, and creator of TUNING IN to the Body, online lessons in embodied compassionate communications, which is based on his seminars in Emotional Aikido, for transforming pressure, fear & anger into centered empathy and grounded actions in the home and at work. 
 

The Martial art of Aikido embodies many of the qualities of empathy, such as, seeing the common humanity of everyone and holding everyone with care. In this dialog, we talked about the embodiment of empathy through Aikido, which makes it easier to feel the somatic essence of empathy in our bodies.
Sub Conference: Aikido & Empathy

 

Embodying Empathy - An October Workshop In Berkeley!

"Empathy is possibly the most important social skill you possess, yet it can be very fragile. It is common to get triggered and lose the capacity to empathize in the presence of conflict, anger, fear, or anxiety. You may attack or withdraw, or become unable to think or feel your way to a more useful response.

The solution: learn to fully embody your empathy so that it becomes a safe and reliable stance that you can return to in times of trouble.

In Embodying Empathy, somatic psychologist and aikido sensei Nick Walker and empath Karla McLaren will help you access your empathy tangibly so that you can work through your triggers and use all of your emotions as the essential resources they are.

This one-day experiential workshop will help you befriend and strengthen your natural empathic abilities and access your emotional awareness with support and ease."

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 Embodying Empathy! Workshop: Empath meets Aikido - Karla McLaren & Nick Walker 

 

 

 

 

Benefits of Aikido the gift of empathy

One of the greatest gifts of Aikido training is empathy.  Extending empathy, respect and fairness to people who mean disrespect or harm is not an easy attribute to come to terms with.  It takes a lot of soul searching to overcome ego-damaging feelings of anger, retribution, mixed with not wanting to fight and a resulting sense of inadequacy.  I really had to redefine my own concept bravery...In my opinion, real advancement in the art of Aikido is not directly related to the number of different techniques learned.  It is marked by the replacement of arrogance by empathy and humility. 

 


East Bay Aikido:The Art of Compassionate Self-defense

Tom Gambell  Gambell Sensei believes strongly in the principles of aikido training, not only as a means of self-defense, but as a path to enhance one's spiritual growth. He also expresses the source of aikido - LOVE - through his commitment to his students and his commitment to his practice. He has dedicated his life to the teachings of loving-kindness, compassion and harmony and to passing on O'Sensei's vision of peaceful reconciliation.
 

Aikido Empathy

 

 

 

Oct 27, 2012 - PEACEFUL FLOW - Weekend Playshop inspired by Aikido and Nonviolent Communication