A Cup of Tea

24 03 2017


24 March 2017

Meditation is a practice where an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or for the mind to simply acknowledge its content without becoming identified with that content, or as an end in itself (Wikipedia).

The value of meditation has become commonly known and accepted, with centers springing up around the country. Some of these are focused on particular religious beliefs, while others are nondenominational. A meditation practice can have a number of positive physical and psychological impacts.

mediaton-centerMediation is a dynamic, structured, interactive process where a neutral third party assists disputing parties in resolving conflict through the use of specialized communication and negotiation techniques. All participants in mediation are encouraged to actively participate in the process. Mediation is a “party-centered” process in that it is focused primarily upon the needs, rights, and interests of the parties. The mediator uses a wide variety of techniques to guide the process in a constructive direction and to help the parties find their optimal solution. (Wikipedia).

Mediation has been used in legal cases, particularly those involving family issues, and in business situations. Schools have trained peer mediators to help resolve conflicts between students; generally, mediation is considered a way to resolve conflict in a less adversarial manner than through litigation and the legal system.


Recently, I noticed that, although they sound quite different, the only difference between the writing of MEDITATION and MEDIATION is the letter T. T, I mused, tea. Hmm.

If you were involved in a conflict with another person, and you both were to spend some time in meditation, you would be able to clear your mind, calm your emotions, and bring some compassion and empathy to the issue. Then, if you poured yourselves a nice cup of tea to sit down for mediation, perhaps the results would come more quickly and be more equitable and amenable. Just a thought.



6 responses

24 03 2017

GREAT Beth..Something for us to discuss next week!I have an idea for our hike(recent issue of the Courant ) and will email it tomorrow.

Hugs, Cherry

24 03 2017
Beth Lapin

We always have something to discuss! Looking forward to good weather and a good time.

24 03 2017

Just read quickly with breakfast. What a cool, novel idea! It wouldn’t be easy to get mediation clients to do, except those who already meditate, but it would sure be a great experiment. I think you should pair up with someone at Yale and do a study.

27 03 2017
Beth Lapin

Now that’s an interesting idea!

24 03 2017
Susan Scott

Would meditators need mediators? Or a nice cup of tea to resolve issues? Nice post thanks 😀

27 03 2017
Beth Lapin

LOL, yes, it starts to become convoluted and a tongue-twister!

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