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.