Using Mindfulness and Compassion to Transcend Conflict
16:00 - 14:00
Conflict is pervasive in our lives, within the context of family, close relationships, the workplace, and of course social, religious and ethnic groups or identities. It is the source of much frustration, despair, anger, and burnout. It can often arise in situations despite positive intentions, such as in corporations, NGO’s and social change organizations, and this sometimes adds a sense of failure and stress. For those engaged in spiritual or psychological work, it is one of the major tests and challenges that arise in daily life, and it can sometimes a sense of doubt about their path and themselves. In addition, we are living at a time when conflict and insecurity are on the rise, and we need new ways of dealing with it.
The retreat will include guided meditations, basic mindfulness practice in various postures, talks on the themes described above, exercises on dialogue and compassionate listening, peacemaking exercises and modeling, discussion, small groups and inquiries and some quiet time for reflection. The retreat will be suitable to anyone who would like to find new ways of dealing with conflict in their lives, whether or not they have prior spiritual practice experience.