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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 my participation on AfL, I faced my shadow side honestly. I found that I was jealous, over-relied on others for security and carried with me hatred for my father which stopped me from loving others truly and deeply. I took a challenge to take off the mask I show to the world and I accepted myself. I built up personal security from my inner heart. Most importantly, I was able to forgive my father and love him again. Now I am learning to love people without being afraid of the pain that deep love can cause.

Friday, 11 July, 2008

For several years my only focus was on professional success. Having studied in a renowned Mexican university and spending several years in Europe made me believe that I could achieve everything I wanted. AfL has given me the chance to rethink the way I was living. I have realised that when we fly high, we need to keep our eyes on the ground so as not to lose direction. In these months I have met people with many more struggles and challenges than mine; people who have lost their entire families, who live on less than one dollar a day. These people have given me more ideas than all the books I read at university. This journey has been a great lesson in humility and care for others. My stay in Asia has strengthened my conviction to work in the field of human rights and sustainable development.