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Friday, 12 November, 2010
Peter Heyes (Canada) guide and friend to AfL people

Today was a marking moment: the completion of the 9 day Life Matters Course, our intensive introduction to the core ideas of Initiatives of Change and discovery of our deeper selves.

Thursday, 11 November, 2010
AfL 5 Shanring with Panchgani friends

No principle is good enough if we don’t practice it. In the morning, we heard from a panel from Fiji, USA and Kenya giving practical examples on ‘Creating community’. But by evening, we had a chance to be doing it! Over dinner we had a great opportunity to build community with 22 guests from nearby Panchgani town, who came to meet those of us from AfL5. It was a great parade of traditional clothes and greetings from 18 countries, as after dinner we each introduced ourselves in our own languages and traditional ways.

Tuesday, 09 November, 2010
AfL 5 Overcoming our fears

Early on the morning of 8 November, the group jumped on a bus and headed to the challenge of ‘Outbound’: a professional teambuilding outfit which runs outdoor education. Facing us was a big cliff with some ropes hanging off it. Our task: to abseil down then climb back up.

Monday, 08 November, 2010
Kiran Gandhi and Anna Pozogina

Today’s topic was ‘meaning and direction’. A lively discussion arose on which one comes first. Two panelists, Anna Pozogina and Kiran Gandhi, came to help us.

Monday, 08 November, 2010
Visiting the community near Asia Plateau

Saturday was a particularly rich day. We had the great opportunity to meet the community in neighboring villages, Dandeghar and Godavli.

Monday, 08 November, 2010
Diwali, the Festival of Light, AfL 5, Day 5

Diwali, the Hindu festival of light came to Asia Plateau. We all got to participate in making the traditional decoration known as Rangoli. Leena Khatri shared with us that Diwali celebrates the victory of Light over Darkness.

Monday, 08 November, 2010
AfL 5 Teambuilding games

It is our third day and the commitment of the team members is coming into play. We started to contemplate our journey with the inspired and textured stories from Dr. Ravindra Rao and his wife, Jayashree, our hosts here at Asia Plateau.

Tuesday, 02 November, 2010
Action for Life

The first ‘action’ of the fifth Action for Life was before dawn on 1 November, as 19 young participants and the ‘support team’ of 11 hiked to the edge of a 1000 metre plateau to watch the light of a new day spread across the Indian landscape.

Friday, 11 July, 2008

Through this opportunity to live in diverse community I have learned that our differences are not a weakness – they are our strength. Another significant learning for me is a deeper understanding of my life. For the last few years I have been in a constant run. I realised that I need to stop, look back and see whether the way I lived was the way I actually wanted to live my life. Have I not created a gap between my ideal and my reality? Having received so many precious experiences, I feel privileged and look forward to face other challenges when I go back to my country and continue the journey. In a way, it is only just beginning!

Friday, 11 July, 2008

Before, I saw God’s will as ‘optional’. If it fit into my own agenda I welcomed it, but if it didn’t I would justify my selfish action by saying, ‘I am enjoying life and God wants me to be happy’. But since seeing the terrible reality of life for millions in India, the painful effect of the 1969 race riots in Malaysia, and the anguish of broken relationships in my own life and in the lives of others in our group, I realised something: If not myself, my society or nation, someone else pays the price for selfishness. Gaining a conscience and responsibility for the world has given me a determination to put things right in my own life, see what my role is in serving humanity and putting God’s will first.