Following yesterday's DIP hangout on handling conflicts in the workplace http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tn7_X08c4-8
, let's look at conflicts from within and how our process of self-change support us in intervening in conflicts for the best for all.
What is your definition of conflict, both within yourself and in how you look at conflicts out there?
How can we redefine conflicts to be a crucial moment of change of attitudes and actions?
Have you ever gotten involved in trying to help other people's conflicts? If so, what did you learn about yourself and about human interactions when you intervened?
How did you deal with the emotions that often come up such as blame, anger, frustration, shame, sadness, powerlessness, feeling misunderstood, etc?
What was the gift and solutions that came out of exploring and resolving the conflict?
Conflicts can be transformed into gifts and windows of opportunity to get to know each other, to understand one's emotions, and to clear the way for solutions between people, and eventually countries. By understanding how we deal when facing different opinions, opposing interests, and reactions as the conflict escalates we empower ourselves to listen, to speak, to be practical, and to be part of the solution.
I invite you all to investigate what hinders you from investigating and understanding conflicts, either in your family, with your partner or in the world out there; to question the agendas that each one brings; to create a safe environment for sharing and learning; to understand the resistances to change; to place oneself in another shoes; and to start creating a world where people speak openly about what is really going on inside, as well as the agenda behind world conflicts.
Here is an article analysing the Armenian conflict from within:
Understanding conflicts from within: The case of the Armenian Genocide http://diplomatjourneytolife.blogspot.c ... -from.html