Increases Empathy and Emotional Intelligence.
My mediation mentor once told me that I had the emotional intelligence of a 2 year old. When I told this to a few female students they told me that they would have given me about 12, which they said is average for guys.
I was aware at the time that the ability to be truly empathic in conflict situations was a foundational skill to mediation. Empathy is closely related to emotional intelligence. So I set myself on a path to learn empathy and to increase my emotional intelligence. That path led me to Empathy Circles and the Centre for Building a Culture of Empathy.
The incredible simplicity of the process makes it very accessible to anyone. And the immediate impact on the participants is dramatic.
There is no question in my mind that the combination of meditation and empathy circles is the way to increased empathy and emotional intelligence.