The Work Intro for Teenagers
A Way to Introduce the Work to Teens and Kids
The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect.
July 24th - Practice Gratitide and Forgiveness and Letting Go: Day 3 of the Summer Retreat Series brought us Annie Newbold, Spiritual Teacher who taught us about a modernized version of an ancient Native American practice of Sand-Painting. We were asked to identify 3 things we needed to "let go" of, 3 gifts or talents we developed or received as a result of that which we were letting go of, and then we took natural items - flowers, plants, rocks, bark, shells, etc and created 3 circles. Within the circles we placed upon the earth, the objects symbolizing the 3 things we wanted to let go of, the 3 gifts those things have brought into our lives and in the 3rd circle we represented love, happiness and joy. Where the 3 circles overlapped we placed 3 leaves representing gratitude, peace and love that when overlayed upon one another represented harmony. It was a beautiful process and the photos represent the final products.