Every single tool of Creating Cultures of Peace makes peace possible in personal life and then gradually that practice transforms relationships with family and friends. In my experience, practicing small steps in changing your own thought and behavior in everyday life becomes part of your core self, and it is even more enriching and enjoyable when we have someone with whom we can share experiences, reflect, learn, and get motivated. That “someone” in my journey in Creating Cultures of Peace practice is my companion group. My companion group journey started in October 2019 with Kalpana, Subhash, and Santosh. We come from different professional backgrounds and life experiences. But we have the same quest of healing ourselves from our past traumas, seeking and accepting inevitable change in ourselves, and living in transforming power in easy as well as hard times.
In the daily practice of peace, questions sometimes arise, such as, “Am I doing good or following the right track? Is my thought or action nurturing peace?” etc. To settle these thoughts and feelings, and to move forward through conscience and discernment, a companion group is the most suitable space and environment to fall back and depend on. I enjoy the sharing and reflection of self-practice of each of my companions and feel deeply connected with each of them. The beauty of companion group practice for me is the unjudged attention and time happily offered by each of us to one another with an open heart, mind, and ear.