I am a meditator and a mediator: peace in, peace out! I teach conflict resolution in a university masters program, and I also have a consultancy business in creative conflict engagement and education. I help people to respond to situations of conflict in a constructive and creative way. I believe that conflict can be an important catalyst for change and development, so long as it is managed appropriately.
I recently spent four months living in a Buddhist temple, meditating, learning and working on a youth peace project. Now I’m back in the real world, where it’s much more difficult to be good, and to stay in the present moment. With ‘right determination’ and support from my kalyanamitra community, I intend to continue to develop ‘yoniso manasikara’. I learnt this Pali term during my dhamma lessons, and I really connected with the concept. It means appropriate attention, or wise reflection; however, the interpretation I like the most is ‘the ability to be a good teacher to oneself’.