Mindfulness and its place in the Mediation Room

Mindfulness and its place in the Mediation Room

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Mindfulness has been described by Rob Nairn one of the founder figures of the Mindfulness Association as “knowing what is happening while it is happening”.  Mindfulness fosters the quality of “beginner`s mind”. A meditation teacher, Shunryu Suzuki said that “in the beginner`s mind there are many possibilities, in the experts mind there are few”. When we think we know, when we engage in the world through our habitual thoughts and concepts and when we have a jaded sense that “we have seen it all before” we can close down our experience.

During this session we will explore: –

  • How mindfulness can support us as mediators to nurture that “beginners mind” as a way of maintaining and supporting our curiosity, impartiality and creativity within the mediation room.
  • The foundations of establishing a personal Mindfulness practise and its health and well-being benefits to Mediators before, during and after a session.
  • Tips, strategies and techniques to stay grounded, aware and mindful in the face of conflict.
  • The potential benefits to clients of the mediator having a mindfulness practice.

Trainer: – Sara Collins is an Accredited Mediator and Mindfulness Teacher. She has taught mindfulness to individuals, groups, pupils in Primary and Secondary schools and taken it into corporate board rooms. During lockdown Sara provided free mindfulness sessions via Zoom to support FMA mediators during those extraordinary times. Sara runs her own Family Mediation business in Peterborough.