In honor of all of the battles that were not fought because people decided to use words instead of weapons or the legal system, I give you this simple story of mediation:
It’s easy to get overwhelmed and heavy-hearted in the current political, environmental, spiritual, and social climate. Yet, conflict is one of the greatest methods of learning. Let’s also learn from the disruptive technology of mediation when we look for solutions to those conflicts. When it comes to expanding ourselves, connecting and healing, we need new strategies. Here are three of them.
It surprises people to learn that filing for divorce is a relatively easy and inexpensive process in North Carolina. Necessary paperwork can be obtained online or through the Clerk of Court’s office. The $225 filing fee can be waived for those who can’t afford it. But how often do you hear someone say that a divorce was cheap and easy?
When Gwyneth Paltrow announced that she was “consciously uncoupling” from Chris Martin several months ago, I heard the whoosh of a small intentional practice launch into the mainstream. And in turn, suddenly get sexy.
I’m often surprised in mediations and in life how two people can recall a history or interpret facts so differently. Apparently neutral bits of information result in one person seeing a giraffe and the other seeing a tornado.
A dear friend of mine recently went through an ugly divorce. Initially, she asked for advice, but as the drama unfolded, I watched from the sidelines as she spiraled down the wormhole of the legal battle.