Rik Midgley

Name: Rik Midgley

Certified Trainer: Yes

Location: North Wales, Wales

I hold NVC trainings online, in North Wales and the NW of England. I also offer couple or group mediation, and one to one support.

I am passionate about the growth of NVC consciousness, living in presence in tangible awareness of what is of value to me. I find this to be my empowerment, my capacity to live in a space of choice, and to contribute compassionately to social change. I run NVC workshops which focus upon the art of taking ownership for the underlying energies that drive thoughts, words and actions, and in awareness and movement that I call Self-Connection Qigong.

I am an internationally certified trainer of Nonviolent Communication, living in North Wales. Previously, I've worked for about a decade in environmental science, and later as a ceramic artist and a vegetable grower.

Raised in a culture of oppression of human feelings, I held pain and confusion. My yearning to live harmoniously with a sense of belonging led me on a journey of discovery. This began in 1990 with the self-introspection process of Vipassana Meditation, and its liberating power of empathic self-connection. Consequent subsidence of my ‘unconscious’ habitual behaviours and a growing sense of agency and calm, revealed the power of listening tangibly to my body, thus building trust in my body’s underlying compassionate message with its inherent capacity to heal.

Nonviolent Communication gave me the bridge between mind and body, an understanding of how the energy driving thought is both rooted in the body and is reflected back to the body. I realised that I become how I think. My journey became one of taking responsibility for my feelings, of self acceptance through a self-empathic awareness of my body. A journey both in owning my judgmental thinking, and in owning the choices I had made in the past in association with my unprocessed pain. NVC supported the differentiation of the two. With present awareness, my thoughts that are rooted in my shadow could be isolated and held in compassionate embrace allowing the natural healing process.

I hold NVC as a powerful tool for social change. It is my deeply held experience that when I meet another in ‘conflict’, it is my unprocessed pain which is between my heart and my seeing the other in their attempt to meet the same universal human needs that I also hold. The language of NVC consciousnness invites the safety of understanding of what I vlaue, and clarity of how to step towards how this shows up for me. I found support to accept myself as I am, to move into presence, to bring awarness to my otherwise habitual response, and thus enhance my capacity to choose compassion as the way that works for me.

The healing is in the feeling! It is my belief and deeply held experience that growing in living awareness of my tangible body is my empowerment, my capacity to contribute to the creation of a world where we live in compassionate acceptance of ourselves and each other, and in gratitude for the wonder of life itself. In my curiosity of how this awareness could be nurtured I continued my meditation, studied yoga, taichi, somatics, trauma therapies and this led to my creation of an awareness and movement process that I call Self-Connection Qigong, and my running workshop to celebrate the Consciousness of NVC

Preferred Pronouns: He/Him