syllabus 1 section b

Sneha Mohanty posted 1 year ago, 2 Responses
1)	What does mindfulness mean to you?

In accordance with the Oxford Dictionary, Mindfulness means the state of being aware and conscious of something, such as the present and the surroundings in a narrower sense. However, a straight jacket definition does grave injustice to the depth of this instant word. Mindfulness, according to me, is a vast experience and an evolving subject. It is a personal and individual experience to each and every individual. It is a wide manner in which one knows the situation they are in and develop awareness of the same. If one may observe sharply, mindfulness is a skill that comes first to any kind of living being. It drags one on to live a life and get used to the usual things at the same time widens the horizons of knowledge. 
Coming to what mindfulness means to me, one would concur that I keep learning every day I wake up. I as an individual thrive and grow every day and thus, I value my days with regard to what I learn each day. Mindfulness is more of a best friend to me because a day where I didn’t learn anything, is just no good to me. It is a spectacular and established fact that since the day any living being opens their eyes, they open their minds as well, to learning, knowing, copying, imitating and registering their surroundings and most importantly, what others do. Mindfulness is not only a skill and a tactic, it is an inherent trait that some of us have to enhance over time and practice. It is more like a closed vault which one needs to work upon to discover and maximise its contents. 
To me, mindfulness holds a very utmost importance in my life. I am an absorber and I only learn by means of observing and absorbing what is around me and learning as much as I can from everything and everyone. It is a very important skill to me since I am a fast learner and can get hang of things quickly by observing other people do the same. Mindfulness stands as a way of expression, advancement and enhancement to me. It helps me grow and learn each and every day in a holistic manner. Mindfulness is the best teacher. 

2)	Which role does it play in your daily life?

To begin with, the credit I would like to give the entire idea of “mindfulness” is massive. As explained earlier, mindfulness takes control of one’s life and surroundings the minute they open their eyes into the human civilisation. When I was 8, my mother used to mould me in ways where I was advised to keep the eyes in my 
mind open 24/7. Not only would that make me a smarter individual when I grow up, but also keep me away from harm’s way as a growing up girl. Mindfulness has spread its horizon in every aspect of my life. I am a fast learner and learn more from practicality and experiences rather than textbooks and class. I learn more from internships than actual lectures. In order to grasp in the present, one has to be mindful in applying textbook formulas into real life, and in law, textbook doctrines and concepts into real cases. 
I, as an individual, like knowing things and love learning everything I can. I am an avid reader and prefer more quantity of learning in any which way I can. Mindfulness plays a huge task in the sense where it allows me to grasp the important things around me. It allows me to learn faster and express in a clear, lucid manner. It allows me to see things around me and learn from my surrounding. 
Some claim that mindfulness is used as a therapeutic technique where people are led to open their inner auras towards their subconscious minds and gain access to the things our minds have the chance to capture, but we don’t know yet. It is almost magical when we stat to realise things that have been long registered in our minds, but we haven’t spoken aloud about them yet. That changes the entire idea of  learning new things and storing memory. 

3)	 Exchange with your friends and find similarities.
➤ TASK: Please reflect for yourself first and then compare your findings with a peer researcher and with the possible findings listed on the right-hand side of this page. Take your time and feel free to browse the web for further information on this conflict. Such a very first catalog of questions could be:
1.	A UN Mediator – can (s)he be neutral?  
In accordance with a major document drafted by the United Nations, titled “Guidance for Effective Mediation”, Neutrality and Impartiality are considered as the founding pillars and cornerstones of the concept of mediation. One has to act impartial on order to settle disputes between two disputing nations. Taking sides will merely be unfair and unprofessional on the part of the mediator. Hence, being impartial and neutral is a necessity of effective mediation where the mediator is able to weigh the concerns and benefits of two parties on equal terms without giving sole importance to one party over the other. 
2.	Is it the purpose of the UN Mediator to act neutral?
As stated above, it is very important for a UN Mediator to be neutral and act on impartial terms. There shouldn’t be any other motive driving the UN Mediator than both the parties being effectively and equally satisfied and benefited. The Mediator cannot act in a biased manner, because in case they do, it will undermine this entire process of seeking and fair, just and effective outcome.  Acting in a prejudiced manner will hamper the quality of outcome and thus it will be pointless on the part of UN to settle matters in a just manner. 
3.	Does the origin of the UN Mediator possibly influence his work?
Psychologically deducing, as a human being, their origin plays a huge role on what they decide to do in life. Ones origin is their identity, their personality, and their way of life. Thus, one would like to deduce that a person’s origin has a lot to play in their work stream as well. But, however, when one is a mediator, they have to solely look at what is the need of the hour, and what the correct suggestions to the parties would be, so that the matter is settled on the table itself for ones and for all. 
4.	What are the benefits for the UN to settle this conflict?
Apart from gaining name and momentum in the world forum for being a Peacemaker, UN will gain much more authority and call for coordination and cooperation among the countries and states and there on. 
5.	Who has the benefits of having these countries in conflict?
Since we are residing in a unipolar world, the only beneficiary of these incessant conflicts would be the superpower. This will serve best to the “divide and rule” policy where all the other nations are in constant conflict and one singular nation takes advantage of the conflict. 
6.	Who may have an advantage of destabilizing the EU or UN?
When the power and regime of EU and UN is undermined, the LDC’s have an upper hand in this situation. The Least developed countries would want to shift the focus into their regime and their difficulties and situation. A unipolar world doesn’t last for long. Poles of power should be shifted appropriately taking the need of the hour. 
7.	Is this conflict a diversion for another conflict to be executed?
This may be the scenario in some situations where conflicts are instigated in order to weaken and shift focus of the superpowers in starting a bigger conflict. 
8.	What are the benefits of the parties in conflict?
To be real and practical, there is never any benefit for any party that is in constant conflict. This being said, a party may have temporary benefits or spread a temporary regime throughout the world, but it can never have any permanent benefit out of a conflict. 
9.	Does this conflict bear a new name for an older dispute?
Not really aware of such a scenario. 
10.	Which neighbouring states support each of the parties?
States that are geographically next to each other support the conflicting parties. 
11.	What economic relations do they have and would there be an advantage for these neighbours?
These neighbours can claim economic or diplomatic support later on when they are in conflict 

Dear Sneha,

thank you for all your thoughts.

I am very happy that you keep a distance towards the explanation of the dictionary. And yes, a definition per se, would cause injustice to the hardly to define topic at all. This is due to the fact that we talk about a personal experience that varies from person to person, from situation to situation, … finding its infinity within the diversity of mankind.

I believe that each day we live offers us a multitude of lessons, but more often than not, people ignore these possibilities to develop themselves and to improve the meaning of their existence. To me, mindfulness is the key to find a focused path in life, like we practiced it when we were kids. Children play in such a concentrated way that they forget about their environment. Thereby, mindfulness is the concept conquering the massive distraction that we possibly suffer today.

BR, Daniel