A lot of systems have been devised to help people take control of interpersonal conflict with the aim of facilitating positive, win-win outcomes. But, is there an underlying essence common to successful conflict resolution techniques? Let’s compare six systematized approaches to conflict resolution, looking for commonalities.
Recently, I’ve been practicing a form of the Buddhist Metta Bhavana, or Loving Kindness Meditation. In it, I concentrate on projecting unconditional love and good wishes to all life forms. It feels so powerful that I was thinking it may have a beneficial effect if many people were to synchronize the practice and send powerful thoughts and feelings of love and compassion to specific groups of people.
- Pet your dog or cat for a few more minutes than usual today.
- Volunteer to do community service.
- Take a child to experience something new.
- Try picturing an adult who drives you crazy as the sweet little child s/he was, whom you would love despite his or her flaws.
- If you have a teenage child who is driving you crazy, look at his or her face while s/he is sleeping.
- Invent a better way of writing “his or her,” and “she or he,” and tell me about it.
- Give away a possession you love to someone who would appreciate it.
- If you live a cluttered life, spend an hour today organizing the room you spend the most time in.
- Close your eyes and take three slow, deep breaths.
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