Title of UFCSH talk: “Tools of Awareness for Dealing with Conflict”
Thursday, October 16th 2008
Mindfulness is a way of paying attention-deliberately, in the moment, and without judgment—to whatever passes through the senses and the mind. One cultivates the ability to maintain such present-moment awareness in silent meditation, then deploys it in daily life. Mindfulness meditation, a 2500-year old practice with Buddhist roots, today is widely used in medicine, psychology, education, business and law. Since 1999, Leonard Riskin has been teaching mindfulness meditation and other tools of awareness to lawyers, law students, mediators, negotiators, and other people who deal with conflict, as a way to enhance their ability to deal with stress, understand themselves and others, provide better service, and get more satisfaction from their work. In this presentation he explains why and how he does this, and, through exercises, give the participants a taste of mindfulness.