Saturday, August 02, 2014

Learning Dialogues - 1

First episode of Learning dialogues (LD) program (a space for self reflection and contemplative conversations) got completed today! Extremely elated and touched by the feedback from everyone in the session. More sessions on the way.

This is what I shared in my final feedback.
1. I have spent time with yoga practitioners in the tradition and approach of Shri Ramana Maharishi and Shri Aurobindo. I learnt from all of these people and enjoyed their approaches. While each approach has its own salient features, the salient feature of this way taught to us by Raghu Ananthanarayanan and Sashikala Ananth in the tradition of Shri Krishnamacarya (as it appears to me) is that it is extremely empowering. (The same feeling was echoed by many of the co-creators of the space).

2. It is important to stay in and create spaces that enliven and empower. Only then can we face spaces that challenge and drain us with the needed skill and compassion. The space created here at LD was truly one such enlivening and empowering space.

3. True to the yoga sutras, my feeling towards the enlivening space of LD was mudita (joy at things being done in the appropriate manner). I was also able to glimpse the 9th rasa shantham!

Some of my teachers say that the drive for self exploration is bhagawad kaingaryam, meaning divine act. They have further added that if one receives it, one has to work hard to manifest it in oneself so well that one becomes an able instrument for this bhagawad kaingaryam to reach others. Tiny steps in that direction! Om shanthi shanthi shanthi hi!

Thanks to co-facilitators Rajeev Natarajan, Priya Nagesh and to all co-creators of the space - Mrinalini Krishnamurthy, Karthik Muthukrishnan, Anish Kumar, Priya Rm, Kokilashree Alangaram, Satish Viswanathan, Muthu Kumaran, Senthil Velan

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