(on 11-18 oct. 2011)
The program was done in 4 sessions, each focussing on specific issues that students at this stage of their life face. The sessions delivered key insights through stories, questioners and processes.
- Children realized the absolute necessity of being happy in their life. They understood that only happy people can be successful people. Happiness is when one does not indulge in emotions that are negative and destructive. Extraordinary destinies can be created only by a great mindset which is not addicted to anger, fear, comparison or sadness. Hence children recognized their area of addiction and took an oath to move out these unproductive states of mind, realizing the consequences of staying in them.
- It took them deeper into the effects of day dreaming and fear of expression that so many children expressed an immediate willingness to drop these habits right away. They could see their failures, disappointments and loneliness directly arise from these psychological habits that they had unconsciously nurtured.
- The session focussed on unveiling their hurt with their parents and teachers and how these hurts have scarred their experiences of their life and relationships. The process of healing their hurts with their parents was emotionally uplifting and sensitizing as they moved from hurt to love and blame to gratitude. We came to know that several parents were touched by the gratitude and love that children had expressed back home as a result of the session.
- The children learnt the art of dissolving anger/hurt as and when they arise so that they could emerge into greater human beings. Here they understood the difference between facts and projection, and that suffering is caused by the meaning we give to situations and not by the actual situation/person. We went into learning the art of awareness for the flowering of intelligence.
- Children had questions on how to handle comparison when they are subjected to it forcefully by parents or teachers. As they have already prioritized happiness they could see that no matter what the other said they could still love and respect themselves as they are. They understood that the world looks at them the way they look at themselves. Nobody can make them feel inferior unless they wanted to. The process on loving oneself, accepting their physical appearance, capacities, past, and thoughts and feelings had a huge impact on them. They felt free and liberated.
They made a remarkable journey both in their personal as well as professional fronts. On the personal front they had to heal the hurt and anger they experience in their family relationships. Those emotions inevitably get carried into their interactions with the children causing an emotional disturbance in the children as well. While the process of healing was very relieving, it was challenging for many of them to learn the art of dissolving hurt as and when they arise. The first area of challenge was to stop blaming. Many held a concept that stopping blame might push them into inaction and how could we not blame someone who is on the wrong. But eventually they understood how blaming as a habit has made them into unhappy people. A unhappy person cannot take appropriate action on the situation too. Hence, it is important to stop blaming and move to happiness in order to arrive at right action for the situation. When they understood that blaming is not aiding but actually hindering growth/change from happening, they were able to let go of it.
Another important shift came about on the professional front when they understood the interconnectedness of life and how this understanding can build in greater trust in their working relationships. They could see how trust gets broken by wrong speech- gossiping, talking behind people's back. To understand the oneness of all human experiences is the birth of trust, which grows and evolves over time. The teachers also learnt the art of listening to connect to the children better, to solve their emotional problems, address their psychological needs and correct improper behavior through love rather than through judgement.
One World Academy in Educational Insitutions/India
School Supplies for 100 Children