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What if “peace, compassion, and wisdom” wasn’t just a slogan on a book cover but actually your everyday experience?
What if you were able to make a real difference in your family, community, and the world, by embodying those qualities in your words and actions?
The Ongo Book: Everyday Nonviolence is a guide for those who want to be nonviolence in the real world. The book offers a progression of short, simple, and doable practices for readers to incorporate into their daily lives over the course of three months, and a flexible structure that supports couples and groups who wish to practice together. Practices like mindfulness meditation, Nonviolent Communication, gratitude, and forgiveness are explained in clear, ordinary language, with an emphasis on how they can be applied in everyday life situations. From basic body awareness to making boundaries and speaking truth, The Ongo Book explores both the practical and the profound, with accessible yet deep learning for beginners and experienced practitioners alike.
“In a hurried and harried world, here are some basic and potentially powerful ideas about how to remain stable and unrocked. My guess is they will become more valuable as our various external crises deepen, and some of the distractions on which we currently lean begin to show their shallowness.”
– Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy and co-founder of 350.org
“Born from a clever idea – to make long term contemplative practice doable at home – this book brims with useful advice. You will be encouraged to prioritize the values of meditative life, like compassion and clarity, in the midst of your ordinary situation. Organized to be accessible to solo practitioners, pairs or partners, and groups, the framework makes the The Ongo Book practices highly adaptable.”
– Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness
“I once asked Marshall Rosenberg, creator of Nonviolent Communication, what it would take for me to “really learn this stuff”. His answer: “Practice, practice, practice.” My Companion Workbook was written to offer practice in learning the NVC model, and now Jesse and Catherine take us further and deeper, providing practices to really get it in our bones, from the inside out. I highly recommend The Ongo Book as a way to take Marshall’s suggestion to heart!”
– Lucy Leu, editor of Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, author of Nonviolent Communication Companion Workbook, and co-founder of the Freedom Project