Want to confuse Google? Search for “Mediation and Mindfulness.” The search engine won’t even ask if you made a mistake – it will assume one and include “Meditation and Mindfulness” results. But what would it look like to apply the practice of mindfulness to the practice of mediation?
Being present is one of the most important skills a mediator can develop. We must remain present to the parties, present to their emotions, and present to their stories. It is this presence that allows us to actively listen and assist the parties in exploring possible solutions to their conflict. We, as mediators, must also remain neutral both to the parties and to the outcome.