HOPE from SfCM
posted on Monday, June 28, 2010 12:10 AM
I am a regular practioner of meditation, often by myself or with a close friend, but the early morning quiet reflection time at the School for Changemakers (SfCM) conference in Liverpool gave me a chance to meditate with others. It was a warming experience, as I allowed myself to pull and give energy to others like a tide ebbing and flowing at a 4th dimensional beach.
Rubbing shoulders and ideas with people from across the globe all with similar passions and goals as you is always both inspiring and empowering, but there was something extra calming and pure about this event. Perhaps it was because the backdrop was Liverpool's beautiful Hope University, but it wasn't just that. It was the mix of people there. Young, old, single, married, mothers, fathers, children, and a rich pallette of characters, cultures and diversity.
I took many moments to reflect on my experience whislt in Liverpool. I made some great new friends and learnt about cultures I didn't know much about. I gained new perspectives, and a richer understanding of my purpose and vocation in life. Away from the conference I had an opportunity to visit the International Slavery Museum. Teary eyes, sadness, pausing moments and a wide smile on my face painted vivid contrasting layers across my body. I left the museum feeling energetic and grateful for the experience.
Friendship in its purity is simply beautiful. To discover an unknown person shares similar passions and/or interests as you is a truly liberating feeling. Alone, one could be walking amongst a crowd of colours splattered with varied expressions, and in the next moment; laughing, talking and smiling. Know that the simple gesture of a smile can save even the weakest of hearts and minds.
HOPE - Harmony, Observation, Passion, Emancipation
Harmony - One should live in harmony within themselves. In harmony with nature, and the immediate relationships that surround them.
Observation - One should always be observing life, and observing one's own mind. Through careful observation we can form an understanding of ourselves, the beings, creatures and nature that inhabit our surroundings.
Passion - One should always have passion, for without passion we can't achieve our goals. Without passion we become discontent, easily manipulated, and side-tracked. Show passion for life, for love, for nature, and for your neighbours.
Emancipation - One should strive to emancipate ourselves from the mental barriers that block us as individuals from moving forward. Free our minds from mental imprisonment. Look at the flaws residing within yourself and overcome them.
We can be in pursuit of global change, but we must first start with ourselves. Never lose sight of your targets for they give us purpose and direction. Gain knowledge and skills, then share them with others, empower them.
I create in order to explore the collective moments in life, and to capture each precious moment that exists within our own lives, but which is apart of life itself. Imagine our moments to be ripples communicating and merging into a most beautiful and wonderful pond. When we create or come across creative things and people our spirit feels alive. The cool breeze kissing the leaves of a tree on a summer's day in a park, an interesting conversation, a trip to the zoo... anything and everything can be and is a source of inspiration.
And remember, all you need is imagination and a heart beat.