They designed a community ‘kumustahan” (community catching up sessions) that uses the Cultures of Peace tools, such as stopping, good listening, affirmation, and light & livelies. Daily, September to November, from 9 am to 12 noon, they met with faculty and staff in small groups. Then in December they did an online recollection with Grades 7-12 classes. In January, they reached out to College students.
The need for human connections can still be addressed during the lockdown, especially if people are willing to share and listen to personal stories. They also noticed that people had incredible insights and stories to share. They got reminded that life flourishes even amidst chaos and trials.
Arcie and Christian appreciated the peace tools and the emphasis on practicing them in daily life. They understood the importance of embodying peace in daily life. Stopping was intentional in different ways through keeping silent, praying, taking walks, or naps. They understood that working as friends with each other and with the people in school is essential to this work. They are grateful for the attention received from friendship and reflecting together, and the clarity of mind and purpose that results.
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