Much of my work is informed by my experience of war and the lasting damage that all forms of violence inflict on the human psyche. I spent four years covering the Balkan War as a journalist and filmmaker working with Human Rights Watch and Terre des Hommes, a children's charity based in Switzerland. Most of my time was spent in front-line hospitals, orphanages, destroyed towns and refugee centers.
Everything about that experience was intense and life-changing. Not only did it completely alter my view of the world and our place in it, the experience of war helped me understand that only a radical transformation of human consciousness can save us from ourselves. I believe we are at a dangerous threshold as a species -- either we wake-up and actually see the damage we are doing to each other and to our planet, or we will destroy the only home we have -- the Earth.
The perpetual conflict we see in the world is a reflection of the same conflict we have in ourselves, our families, and in the workplace. We haven't yet learned that we are more alike than different, and that we have the same essential needs -- food, housing, economic well-being, affordable healthcare, and loving relationships.
But how do we sustain healthy relationships when we're stuck in conflict, confusion or resentment? For the last twenty years, I've been creating workshops and retreats which focus on what it means to be inwardly free of the mind-made stories that take our energy and creativity. The intention in everything I do is to quiet the mind and facilitate a discovery of an inner dimension where there is no stress, no fear and no conflict. There is only the present moment and our relationship with it.
Periods of silence and communion with nature are key components in relaxing into this deeper and healing place within. When we learn to listen and to see in silent awareness, we realize that we are all interconnected as part of the mysterious and beautiful matrix of life. And then it is possible to co-create a more harmonious and peaceful world together.
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