Would the following be helpful in the resolution of conflict? Increased ability to
- Prioritize and manage tasks and goals
- Focus on specific information
- Stay alert to the environment.
Yes, these abilities can be assets in conflict resolution, whether you are a party to the conflict or a professional assisting in the parties' resolution. Once again, we hear of a way to increase these helpful abilities.
In another flurry of articles just appearing in publications, the role of meditation in improved attention (of which the three abilities above are subcomponents) is being described. Researchers at University of Pennsylvania looked at changes in the way the brain works resulting from meditation. From the Medical News Today article "Improved Attention With Mindfulness Training Demonstrated By Penn Researchers" . . .
Researchers [Amishi Jha and Michael Baime] found that even for those new to the practice, meditation enhanced performance and the ability to focus attention. Performance-based measures of cognitive function demonstrated improvements in a matter of weeks. The study, to be published in the journal Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, suggests a new, non-medical means for improving focus and cognitive ability among disparate populations and has implications for workplace performance and learning.
The benefits of meditation and mindfulness are not news. And many