The word “peace” in English doesn’t fully express this deep yearning that transcends across nationalities and ethnicities. The Hebrew word “shalom” comes from the root word “shalam” which means to be safe in mind, body, or estate. It refers to an inward sense of wholeness and tranquility. Shalom expresses this yearning more adequately, and is used interchangeably with peace in the biblical text.
“It is necessary that we are at peace first with ourselves before sharing this to the world,” said Kleine.
The road map in the workshop starts with friendship, followed by affirmation, communication, and cooperation. Following this sequence forms the foundation for a tangible experience of peace in the workshop. To be at peace is to become a whole and integrated person. This requires us to be reconnected with our core self, which is true and authentic. Grounding in our core self helps us journey inwardly to encounter our inner landscape that is sometimes hidden from our consciousness. When we are secure in our core self, we can easily be comfortable with our own emotions. “I can befriend my emotions instead of just running away from them,” said Vicky. We acknowledge the presence of those emotions, learn from them, and then discharge them through our bodies. “The release was freeing,” shared Komathi.