Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Mindfulness for Conflict Resolvers

Mindfulness is moment-to-moment, non-judgmental awareness, i.e., being fully present. We know that the quality of the presence of conflict resolvers has an impact on both the parties and the process. We may find ourselves in the middle of highly-charged situations with conflicting parties who are under great stress. Add to that the stress of our own fast-paced lives, and the welter of thoughts, emotions, body sensations, and habitual modes of reacting that conflict naturally generates, and it may be challenging for us to sustain clear, calm, nonjudgmental, focused awareness. This interactive presentation will introduce you to the fundamentals of mindfulness meditation, which builds our ability to be mindful in our work and our lives, and will give you the opportunity to practice a simple technique to enhance the quality of your presence. It is designed for beginners as well as for those who already meditate, and especially for those who believe their minds are too active to be able to learn to meditate.

Riskin, Leonard L. and Wohl, Rachel Anne, Mindfulness in the Heat of Conflict: Taking STOCK 20 HARV. NEG. L. REV. 121 (2015).  Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2754646

Rachel Wohl, Esq.
Conflict Specialist


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