Mediation - buddhist skills and international relations case dispute

Cristina Tutu posted 1 month ago, 1 Responses
Task2A:
1)What does mindfulness mean to you?
2) Which role does it play in your daily life? 3) Exchange with your friends and find similarities. 

Mindfulness is the concept that indicates curiosity, involveness and carrying; getting connecting with the inner self and also with the inner of the others that look for a peaceful and satisfactory way of conflict resolution. 
For me, personally, Mindfulness means also politeness. Being polite in a sincere way without losing authenticity, for which it is necesary to have a bit of heart purity, dinstingueshed sensibility and flexibility of mind. 
Mindfulness began to be studied and introduced in psicology and therapy during the late 1970s and at that time it was known that it has the ability to enhance psychological well-being.  Today, I think it’s revelatory introducing mindfulness in mediation and I have found this concept extremely interesting when I’ve read about it for the first time on the World Mediation Organisation website.

Task 2B:
1. Identify and list features that influence(d) you,
2. Add connections and interactions if there are any,
3. Explain the impact of the features on your personality.

I agree that each person has its own set of influences that had an impact on the development of the proper personality. Furthermore, I can extrapolate and say that there is not only a period of time during of which we can sense the impact of certain influences that happened to us, but for the entire life we live different moments sad or happy that may influence more or less our existance and personality. 
Of course, unfortunately, the most impact influcences on our brains and, consequently, on our personality and way of thinking about life, generaly, are the traumas. 
It is proven that a trauma changes the brain significantly. Nowdays, researchers found that people with PSTD are more likely to suffere of dementia and other mental health issues.
Regarding  mindfulness mediation, as a personal insight on our role, I believe as Mediators, we have also the duty to guard that the negociations and conflict resolution process is as enjoyable, stressless and painless as it can be. Calm, positivity and awareness of the other’s sufference are the mile stones of a mindfullness mediation.
Finally, in order to respond to the 3rd issue, I believe I know myself very well but not enough to be able to say that till now something in particular had left an impact on my personality. I try to build my life on certain well-sensed principles and heal -from minor traumas that are often inevitable in our lives -with time. Previously, I used to use time in order to rush things. Nowadays, I use time in a more peaceful way, I stopped rushing it and I leave it to flow as slow and peaceful as it can. 


Task2 C
A UN Mediator – can (s)he be neutral? A Mediator might get some difficulties in remaining neutral sometimes. However, a Mediator has to keep his neutrality and impartiality in order to conclude the case and avoid failure.
Is it the purpose of the UN Mediator to act neutral? I believe this is a duty and we find it as well in the legal normatives that establish the duties of any Mediator.
Does the origin of the UN Mediator possibly influence his work? I belive in the international professional experience and education. It was and still is a purpose in my life. Therefore, from my perspective, having only one point of view or origin may limit the possibilities of resolving the conflictual matters, but it does not strictly influence anybody’s work. Of course, one methods and practice have to be alliened to the law and state customs.

Regarding the conflict between Greece and Macedonia, I believe the UN is looking for peace, maintining and achieving it. By achieving this, UN will have once again the confirmation of being the ultimate dispute resolution and peace maker. 

Regarding the question about who is benefiting of having these countries in conflict, I am sure EU and NATO, the most vocal mediators are absolutely excluded from this. I guess, Russia is the first super power that people would think it could have any benefits from this dispute, as from any other disputes among European states and any episode of European destabilization.

But in international diplomacy, such serious accusations are always avoided because the consequences of pointing the finger against a super power can be serious for the entire Europe.

Task 2D
TASK: Please reflect and look for more similarities that you might be able to identify. You are also free to cite other sources than Buddhist texts. Add your findings accordingly to your TD.

Well, I can find a similarity in the Japanese three wise monkeys pictorial maxim, embodying the proverbial principle \"see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil\".  There are different explanations of the meaning of this. In Buddhist tradition, the tenets of the proverb are about not dwelling on evil thoughts. 
As I can see, the opposite of mindfulness and of the antagonistic side of the 3 wise monkeys would be: anxiety, delusion and negativity. Keeping meditation as a mindful process I believe is essential and critical for any future conflict-resolution case.


Dear Cristina,

thank you for all this content. I am really learning a lot from you and about you.

Personally, I am happy to see that you perfectly understand the necessity to broaden one’s perspective and to have a look at a conflict in a wider and deeper sense. You also realized that the mediator more often than not is not or can not be a neutral person per se.

I really love the section: ‘… I know myself very well but not enough …’ That is truly a beautiful moment of realization, I guess.

I also believe that being a Mindful Mediator is far more than a profession, namely a way of life or proper call. And yes, the point from were our action is born is our heart, this is why everything in starting from within, and this is why we do not need a structure in Mediation. We simply need to follow the inner logic of what our heart commands. And these calls adopt perfectly the situation and its infinity complexity. This is where our natural flexibility is born.

BR, Daniel