Syllabus 1 - Section B

Charline Gregoire posted 1 year ago, 1 Responses
1)	What does mindfulness mean to you?
Mindfulness for me is the capacity to take a step back from our everyday thought and to be able to understand a situation from the big picture. It is being able to swipe away our ego, being aware of our background and what makes what we think is objectif biaised. It is being able to make our mind as clear as possible and to read  our surroundings in the fullest manner as possible. It is also about knowing that the world is constantly evolving and what is true now might not be the second after. 
2)	Which role does it play in your daily life?
It has been part of my daily life as far as I can remember. I would always be the one that would look beyond « the scene », and wonder why such or such person reacted this way at that moment etc. And I do the same for me. I always liked to question myself and my surroundings without taking anything for granted. I also believe that mindfulness is an important piece to make a person grow and evolve which I am strongly dedicated to.  Tools like meditation helps to mindfulness.
3)	Exchange with your friends and find similarities.
The role of the mediator is usually assimilated as the role of the devil\'s advocate. However, I think that the two roles do not have the same purpose. 
And most of the people around me do not have a particular point of view on the matter. 

Task 2:
Parents : They taught a lifestyle, a way of living, a way of thinking, they provided me with an education, taught what to do and what not to do. Growing up I was able to know what I agreed with and what I didn’t want to reproduce in my own life. Living  close with some people also and getiing to know them so personaly also shows your personality traits you like or not and makes you work on yourself a lot. What annoys me the most with my parents’ behaviour is what I need to work on the most personaly. 
School : Taught me to be vulnerable, to stand out for myself, to understand that what is good for someone might not be for me, to be aware of other people’s feelings and needs. everyone is different and it doesn’t mean they are better or worst. Everyone is just different. 
Travels : Travelling changed my life, found myself, learn from others, being free and to be able to decide everything based on what I do really like. Which hard to know in some ways. Opened me up on a spiritual level, getting to know other ways of living than my own. 
DNA : My body, my ancestors powers, their traumas, their support. 
Love/heartbreak : taught me how to really love myself and nothing will never be as important as that. Everything will flow with abundance from that point of you. Love is the most beautiful thing is the world and we are all capable of a lot of things for it, sometimes desesperately. Never understood it before it happened to me. 
Friends : I learned so much from them. They impacted on my perosnnality a lot. Trust, letting go, listen, Learn, understanding, observing, sooth my thoughts. Comparing with my friends I learned to judge myself less and that nobody actually really cares so just better live your life the way you want. 
My thoughts/Intuition: I trust the universe a lot and it guides me whenever I need it. Nothing is really bad, every problem has a solution and we are here to learn. 

Task 3:
So far, I have similar questions as the ones provided. I hope to be able to distinguish a bigger panel of questions as I go into the course. However, after research, I read that the UN mediator was  impartial which would make his statements biased. So I would wonder:
 How could this situation influence his personal life?  
Why did he chose to take a stand in this conflict in particular?
And then I also wonder about the history of the  name of the country? Why is it so important to both countries? 
What is attached to this name historically but also nowadays? 
How could each parties benefit from this conflict?

Task 4:
Right Understanding – Right Thought – Right Speech. Deep Listening – Critical Thinking – Wise Speaking
They  both  seem to be very similar at first. But then I realised that the word right seems much more subjective than deep, critical or wise. And harder to  define. The word right leaves even more freedom to the mind, to the personal interpretation,  more room for experimentation and deep knowledge of one\'s personality. What is right for me? Is what is right for me right for the rest of the world? Does it matter? How can it influence my surroundings?  Is there something that can be right for every single person on this planet? And sometimes you just know when it is right, there are no questions to be asked, you just know it. Is trusting a feeling the right thing to do? ...
Even though very similar, one would require a need for deep personal work while the other seems to be more easily accessible. 

Dear Charline,

thank you for all these very personal insights. I feel blessed to get to know you that close.

And I really admire your perspective(s). Just to mention it quick, I love to read that ‘our thoughts are objective biased’. This truly confirms what I always use to say, namely that our best efforts to be objective, will always remain being subjective 🙂

I also went through the process of evaluating which parent’s lessons to implement to my life and which should definetely stay outside. As you said, life is an evolving process, undergoing changes. So, at this point we have to possibility to optimize our circumstances or to rectify them and to get closer to ourselves – as far as we previously found us already.

Regarding the UN Mediator: Isn’t it incredible how challenging, moving, and powerful questions can be? To me, creating questions is more important than delivering answers. Many times, students ask me, when they create the Section C – Conflict Reports, were they shall obtain all the answers and facts from. And I tell them that answers will most likely also will always remain subjective, but creating a question, that the reader of the article bears in her / his mind, is open to a personal process of creating a response. It will also be biased but in conformity with the reader’s perspective.

Thank you once again for sharing your knowledge and experiences with me.

BR, Daniel