Kalpana Karki, Campaign Manager, CSRC
Regular practice is necessary for creating cultures of peace. It is normal to be familiar with old culture and behavioral patterns in which we were brought up. But the alternative style and approach becomes important to make the life more peaceful. Simple lifestyle supports the cultures of peace. CSRC team has embraced this.
Existing understandings, behavioral patterns and attitudes that are internalized in our personality may have been blocking us from becoming more good and simple human being. Treating people differently based on their hierarchical level and power they hold, rewarding them with more benefits and rewards might affect others negatively in inhumane way. We fear losing control and status and that makes us bias. That can also create injustice to others. If we want to make a peaceful and just family, society and organization, we have to learn to be sensitive about these issues and step up beyond such behaviors. For this, first, we need to know ourselves, then let us open to the transforming power and care others. Power that comes from the simplicity is much more powerful than the power from privilege.
Realizing these issues, CSRC has been organizing a regular monthly session to continue to practice tools of creating cultures of peace. It has helped our team to connect our work in the process of creating cultures of peace, evaluate our practice in private as well as public life, and enhance our practice. This has enhanced the functioning and mutual kindness among the team members.
The practice has also helped the organization more valuable. CSRC has been doing nonviolent social movement since last twenty five years. Personal lifestyle and practice has special importance in giving life to the organizational values. Therefore, the regular practice session has worked as fertilizer in the organization for practicing cultures of peace.
The practice has helped us to know ourselves, others and the life better. Listening to our conscience has made life simpler and happier. Based on the power for good in me, I have let myself open for the transforming power. Change and happiness is possible from within. Other’s lecture and preaching does not change us. I have stopped offering advice and preaching unless I am asked. I base my statements only on my experiences. Unless we look deep within ourselves, changing others becomes hypocritical, delusion. I am trying to live in present moment and utilizing the transforming power within at the optimum. Trust, honesty and hard work are my lifeline for living. It has made me able to live simple and peaceful life. Avarice for position, prestige and wealth only brings suffering. I have learnt to speak simply and honestly, and base my position on truth.