An incursion on the informal Wonderland where all religions cohabitate. I went there, it exists: a conference where wise people from all over Europe and beyond its borders simply gather to exchange their ideas and thoughts. All involved in a way or another in their surrounding for interreligious dialogue notably.
With Mediel, we intervene in different talks and presented our concept of “Citizen-reporter”, as a way to get involved in peace building (a big concept we splat into different levels of understanding), using the social media to cross the borders and share considerations about contemporaneous society and Europe construction, confronting our work with religious leaders, educators and the youth.
We gave a participative workshop for the youngsters, involving them in the project a pen 4eu, than we presented in the main panel our video materials in the fields of citizenship, memory and international cooperation. Last but not least, we discussed with the public the role of social media and they power to unite people in peace processes.
In those interventions, my aim is to give a life testimony of the chance I had to build up a critical reflection on diversity and the basic human mechanisms I observed and integrated in my own growing process. Nowadays I feel being an active and involved citizen working to co-create a better society wherever I am.
It offers me the space to expose my values, the same I rely on when teaching yoga: making space for inner reflections, kneeling in front of the divine in order to shine brightly outside, standing firmly and smiley towards Life and Nature, always with dignity.
I met inspiring characters, like this kind of project usually gather.
I was told that “a man regains its serenity when he sees a beautiful face, when he sees the blue water or when he sees the green fields”, by a Sufi leader.
Another man, Hubert van Ruymbeke is investigating new languages to express his catholic faith through symbolism. He is describing all interpersonal relationships into simple and powerful schemes, talking to each one in the assembly. He is having an incredible life and many adventures and anecdotes to share in informal time. He travelled the world with a wide range of humanistic projects and at the end, I felt we are part of the same project: making a difference through our attitude, expanding our “sphere” (one of the main shape he is using to describe our radiance and energy), revealing our potential to the world and all along remain guided by Love. This is the path to elevate our spiritual consciousness, both with accepting the darkness and weaknesses within each of us but more than anything relying on our brightness and cultivating it.
Independently of the religion, we are seekers of Light. Christians Catholics, Protestants, Muslims -in its wide variety of the Koran’s interpretations, Buddhists, Hindus, Atheists, we all believe at the end. I believe “Humanity needs rituals”, as one priest told me while travelling in Madagascar, and it is to each one to find out how to empower the bubble of Love guiding our instincts from our goats to make the difference and become the change.