Mediation vs. Meditation: A Freudian slip on the old keypad?

by Petra Maxwell on February 3, 2011

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There’s a difference of only one letter between the words “mediation” and “meditation.” It’s very easy to mistype one or the other words since they look almost the same. On the face of it, they seem like two entirely different things, but the two have more in common than just their spelling.

Mediation and meditation both require you to ground yourself in some way, find your center, explore what you really need and want, and take action to get there. They share the need for self-recognition and have the result of creating self-sufficiency. To meditate, you must make room in your life for the daily process, arrange your mind so that you are able to focus, and let go of the outer world as you hone in on your breathing and relaxation. Meditation has many proven benefits, including stress relief and a better ability to focus.

Mediation is really not so different. To mediate your conflict, you must put yourself in the right mindset, one that is not about conflict, but is about conciliation. You must make room in your life to attend mediation and give it your full attention and focus when you are there. You have to really push through the emotional layers to find the solutions that work for you and the other person. Mediation, like meditation, reduces stress, and allows you to move forward with your life. It also teaches you conflict resolution skills so you can reduce future conflict in the same way that meditation helps you learn to control your reaction to future stress.

How about a double whammy, though? Meditation combined with mediation? The two processes are very compatible and supportive of each other. If you’re in a situation that requires mediation, you’re under stress. Meditation can help you manage the stress and be better prepared to mediate. It can also help you practice calmness, which is very helpful in the mediation process, and will allow you to go a bit deeper within yourself to understand what your needs truly are.  Mediation can then help you find solutions to your problem, so that you are better able to relax and meditate deeply and more fully. Mediation helps you feel in control of your own life, which enhances your feeling of being grounded.

Together, the two processes form a perfect circle and more mediation practitioners may do well to recommend a little meditation to their clients.

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Eileen Lichtenstein February 15, 2011 at 3:20 am

I love this blog!
There were many typos meditation- medication over the years with my meditation PR. Now, holding an Anger Management Specialist Certification I and networking with mediators- and will always advocate the benefits of meditation. The typo possibilities..lol!

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