Mediation vs Meditation

By 14th December 2021 No Comments

Mediation vs Meditation

How many times have we heard or seen “Mediation” mistaken with “Meditation” at Crowther Mediation. If even a prominent Family Law practice can make the mistake on their website, what chance is there for the rest of us?


Just to be crystal clear, “Mediation” is defined as “intervention in a dispute in order to resolve it; arbitration.” For example: “the parties have sought mediation and it has failed”. Whereas “Meditation” is defined as “to focus one’s mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation.”


And while we are at it, “Arbitration” is defined as “the use of an arbitrator to settle a dispute.” For example: “Newcastle City Council called for arbitration to settle the dispute”.


So why do people think that we sit in the Lotus position contemplating the transcendental importance of the universe? Agreed that the spelling would bend the heads of even the most ardent of Wordle players, but come on – it’s not that hard to see the difference!


Mediation is a process which allows those in dispute to engage with one another to find a solution, without the need for court intervention. Mediation provides a far more cost- effective means of resolving disputes over a significantly shorter period of time than court proceedings, allowing families to move on with new beginnings and businesses to return to business. At Crowther Mediation, you can be assured that your experienced mediator will help you navigate through difficult issues to make arrangements for your future.


No bells. No candles. No chanting.