Too often we are challenged to live an adversarial competitive life while we yearn for harmony and peace. Mediation is a process that is designed to provide mutual respect, conflict resolution, compromise, and negotiation to more closely approximate harmony and peace in a stressful, disconnected atmosphere.
The role of the mediator is to bring to the table the emotionally-laden issues that cannot be resolved through cooperation and good will. The idea is not that feelings do not matter, rather that emotions of the individual(s) are clouding their ability to look at the bigger picture.
The goal of mediation is to find a solution that all members can live with. It is a give and take process. The ultimate goal is to keep intact the fundamental governing rules of the individuals, the couple, the family, the business. A solution we can all live with.