Section: B) – Syllabus 1

Doris Danzig-Jones posted 10 months ago, 1 Responses
Discovering Mindfulness: 
1. I define mindfulness as a mental state that is achieved by focusing one\'s awareness on the present moment while acknowledging and accepting one\'s feelings, thoughts, and physical sensations. 
2. At present, mindfulness plays a small part in my daily life. 
3. When I exchange my thoughts about mindfulness with some friends, they understand the concept but don/t either practice it or are less inclined to learn more about it. I find similarities with a friend, who is a mindfulness teacher and teaches Emotional Freedom Technic (EFT). 

Getting to know your silent educator
1. There are various features, which influenced me in my childhood: the smell, when my grandmother cooked; the wood glue in my grandfather\'s workshop; the smell of the forest during our Sunday walks and the smell of the horse stable. 
2. I carry the smell of good food in me and cooking is one of my favourite \'task\' to show my family members that I love them.  
3. Cooking had a huge impact on my personality because it is a basic characteristic of my personality. Also, the wood glue because I am the one in the house who does the handyman work :-). Up till now, I love to walk in the forest. Thus, these features still \'guide\' my life and I am very happy about it.

The art of looking behind the curtain: 
I think that a UN mediator should be neutral because he or she represents the UN, which in turn represents all member states. A mediator should always be unbiased but this is in my opinion very difficult to achieve. Each person is coloured by her/his own experiences. For this reason, responsible behaviour is needed to recognise and avoid personal bias as much as possible. For example, if a UN mediator whose family had to flee the north of Cypris during the Turkish invasion in the 1970s, how can he be possible unbiased?

Reference to Buddhist Tradition:
Referring to the summary: I agree that conflict management processes are just one side of the coin. I found that a mediator needs to hinge on the exchange and understanding of the other parties. It is an asset if the mediator puts himself or herself in other perspectives because it is fundamentally needed to understand the underlying assumptions and thoughts of the other parties. Ignorance should not be welcomed because it does not allow other ideas and thoughts in the mediation process and thus poses a one-way street - the strategy is \'two to tango\'. And of course, the whole life is diverse like the Creation. An interesting point is that self-reflection and dialogue is also an asset to develop one\'s own personality. Without self-reflection, there is no development for humanity. And without self-reflection and dialogue, the world stands still and there are no changing viewpoints, mediation processes and negotiations are impossible. 

Dear Doris,

many thanks for your personal reflection and summary.

One of the points I like best is the fact that your friend, the EFT Teacher, is not practicing Mindfulness. That actually is a very interesting point and could initiate an interesting conversation.

I sent you a guideline for the report, I hope it helps.

BR, Daniel