Music as a Metaphor for Compassionate Communications

Music as a Metaphor for Compassionate Communications

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” — Aldous Huxley


Based on the pivotal work of Marshall B. Rosenberg, author of Nonviolent Communication, this class will explore the framework of what is also known as “compassionate communication” – a language that, just like music, has the power to transcend the intellect and connect to the heart. Compassionate communication is a powerful tool for any minister, counselor, or layperson to develop greater self-awareness and guide others to do the same. When we deeply listen to ourselves and other people, we can move past small matters of the ego in order to respond to the underlying needs in any situation, especially conflict. However, this can present quite a challenge to minds that over-rationalize true emotional needs. Thankfully, compassionate communication, brought to life in this class through music, is a structure developed to help us transcend the intellect and connect to the heart.


Music gives us a language to express the inexpressible and this serves as a profound metaphor for the elements of compassionate communication. We will explore music from around the globe as we explore our own inner landscapes. Greater self-awareness leads to deeper empathy and we will learn how to connect to others from this new awareness.


No previous music training is required to attend this class!


Dates: Wednesdays – January 18 & 25, February 1 & 8 7 to 9pm ET

OneSpirit Elective Credit: 1.0

Available by: Audiobook Download & Videoconference Recording (click to learn more)

Price: General Public: $ 95.00

One Spirit Graduates: $ 80.00

Student Upcharge: $ 0.00


Faculty: Karim Beldjilali

Karim Beldjilali is a minister of music and meditation, both of which revel in the space between the notes, the words, and the knowing. Karim’s work focuses on the role that compassionate communication can and does play in our lives, how we use it with ourselves and with those around us, and how it can enrich our lives with greater presence and joy. As a student inspired by the teachings of Pema Chödrön and Marshall B. Rosenberg, Karim’s ministry integrates his talents as a pianist, singer, composer, writer, and speaker. Karim has recently released a meditation CD (available on CD Baby and iTunes) and upcoming projects include short stories and a second meditation CD.
If you have questions about registering for this course, please contact One Spirit Learning Alliance by email to [email protected] or call 212-931-6840 x 0.

Posted by Lindsay Grass on Jun 20, 2016 in Workshops