to return to the NGO Tevel in Nepal and offer consulting sessions as well as to conducting Gratefulness workshop in four communities with 24 fellows.
The fellows and I were sitting in a circle with a view on the green and brown mountains, where the clouds were sinking below into the valley, providing us with the feeling of sitting on a carpet made of white puffy clouds.
In front of me I had drawing paper, notes, more than 100 coloured pencils and few pens. These were the only material tools used during this 3h workshop, the rest was the magic of calm minds and loving hearts :) We started with a short meditation and breathing techniques. The fellows were open to take part in an activity so different from their everyday routines as volunteers living under harsh conditions. From faces full of concentration I slowly could discover smiles and warm face expressions. All of us have things to be grateful in life for. Don’t we?
All the workshops were unique, just like the fellows. In some the fellows felt calm and happy, in others mountains of ice between them started to melt and some truly opened up and shared personal issues in the group. Some workshops were concluded with warm hugs, a gratefulness circle, some with tears and some with the expression of true harmony, joy and relief.
We were living the “NOW” and my heart was filled with joy and gratitude for being part of this little magic. Transformation and reflection sometimes can just take a minute or two hours, depending on the direction taken. Our direction was: Gratefulness and appreciation of what we have in life and of where we are at the moment.
Having personal and group journeys simultaneously can be a very powerful experience. During each and every session my heart was filled with joy, because I believed in every moment of it and my heart was open.
Before the gratefulness workshop I was open for consulting sessions for fellows working in the field of education, youth and women empowerment. I hope the ideas and experience I have shared during this time with the fellows will be beneficial and useful in the beautiful and challenging work they do this year.