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The Heart of Conflict: Everything Is Workable
January 21, 2014 18:13

The Heart of Conflict: Everything Is Workable
Diane Musho Hamilton and Ken Wilber

Diane Musho Hamilton is one of our most treasured friends and colleagues, and has played an invaluable role within the Integral community for nearly a decade. With sublime grace, skill, humor, and unflappable presence, Diane has helped thousands of us over the years to use integral perspectives to deepen our awareness and strengthen our practice. Diane has a new book coming out in just a couple weeks, Everything Is Workable: A Zen Approach to Conflict Resolution. We encourage you all to help support Diane's book by pre-ordering a copy today!

Part 1: Inner Peace, Outer Peace

  • Your ability to negotiate is determined by your ability to take perspectives
  • The importance of being able to communicate a message to several different worldviews
  • How meditative awareness helps with conflict resolution
  • The difference between forming deep, positive intentions and childish wish fulfillment
  • Practices to help you fully align yourself with your deepest intentions

Part 2: Attention, Awareness, and Perspective

  • The difference between open and empty awareness and focused and volitional attention
  • How being “fearless” means that you include fear, rather than avoiding fear or "being free of fear”
  • Finding wisdom in the three ways we tend to deal with conflict: ignorance, passion, and aggression
  • The power of perspectives in disclosing different dimensions of truth
  • The myth of “full enlightenment"
  • The key to active listening without self-reference

Part 3: Can't We All Just Get Along?

  • How our aversion to conflict can be overcome by affirming both parties' deepest wants and needs, which often helps them hold their own positions with less rigidity and attachment—once shared interests are identified, true creativity can begin
  • How the Big Mind process can help alleviate conflicts in group settings
  • How a simple reframing of our positions can help reduce negative language and increase mutual understanding and empathy
  • Why arguing one worldview against another worldview is often an exercise in futility
  • Managing conflict in intimate relationships

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