We asked our students the question, “how can inner peace practice impact conflict transformation?” Our students developed this list. We call it the Seven C’s.
Meditation (or a simple practice of mindfulness) helps you to be
- grants you a sense of relaxation and focus.
- re-orients you in time (by slowing you down).
- helps to develop a sense of humor, a light-hearted attitude.
- helps you to find equanimity in the event that your needs may not be met.
- promotes clarity: of opinion, focus, identity, goals, etc.
- gives you a sense of inner depth that reduces your need for outer satisfaction.
- helps you to be truly present, and thus, to have a presence.
- detaches you a little from history, can help you to “let go” of some long-held notions about the past.
- increases positive self-esteem and appreciation of your own good qualities.
- lightens your heart as you internalize problem-solving skills.
- starts a ripple effect: when more and more people meditate, you can feel the change in the environment.
- grows your awareness of the natural world and your place within it.
- undoes narrow-mindedness and intolerance.
- dissolves your tendency to judgmentalism.
- instills a sense of shared humanity, with all people.
- builds listening skills: by paying attention to your own inner voice, you learn how to listen actively to others.
- allows for a vision of win-win–even to the point that you hope that your opponents get what they need—and you work towards that.
…these are all confidence builders when you find yourself in a position of engaging in a conflict, or helping in the aftermath, or seeking or dispensing justice, or just staking a claim to a position about which you feel strongly, but, you’re willing to be flexible.