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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

AfL has helped me to get free from some of my preoccupied ideas and attitudes, and has shown me how much still needs to be changed. In realising that we are all interconnected I’ve seen how much I’m still in “my” reality with “my” problems and “my” belongings. But in order to really help others I have to leave my comfortable place. In Russian, compassion means “suffering together”. People often receive help from high places when what they really need is someone standing by their side. Even at home, I often offered friends advice when they really just needed me to listen. I will return with a new conviction to move away from my security to a place where I can truly help.

Friday, 11 July, 2008

I’ve wasted time in my life covering up my true self by presenting different images to those around me. But there is no reason to hide from myself or from others. I am who I am with strengths and faults just as everyone. I realised that we are each made beautifully and our weaknesses are part of that. Despite shortcomings, I found we are each equipped with all we need to contribute in our own unique way to life. AfL challenged me to live that belief with integrity – to live in love and not in fear.