GREEN OM CAFÉ – Brahma Kumaris Learning Center for Peace – July 26, 2012 – 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Tonight, an intimate group gathered at our Learning Center for Peace to explore how we can make our world a cleaner, healthier, safer and more beautiful place. Seemingly, a tall order, but our Green Om Café delivered.
Supriya, our facilitator, explained the inspiration for our Green Om Café by sharing that our program was designed in cooperation with the Brahma Kumaris Spotlight Values Initiatives with the United Nations. Among their many functions, such initiatives encourage local community gatherings to explore our innate virtues that promote living in harmony with the self, our world community, and our Earth’s resources. Our focus this evening was on our natural virtue of Dignity.
So, how could Dignity promote a green consciousness? To answer this question, we explored some guiding questions: What image comes to mind when you think of Dignity? What does it mean to honor someone’s Dignity, and what practical things can we do to preserve another’s Dignity? What are the practical ways we can honor our own Dignity? With the atmosphere set in a casual café-style setting, we mingled within intimate groups to consider and share our impressions.
Images of world and spiritual leaders came to mind, but also images more personally and locally were remembered – individuals whose influence quietly, yet powerfully, impact others on a personal, direct level. Whether on the world or local stage, we recognized and appreciated the aspects of Dignity these individuals possessed – stable in judgment, patient, compassionate, cooperative, committed, creative, and selfless, to name a few. As we explored and shared, we came to understand that we can only effectively honor another’s Dignity by honoring our own Dignity. We do this by acknowledging our true identity as a divine Soul filled with all the qualities of Divinity. The proof is that we can naturally identify divine qualities it in others.
We shared that to really shift to greener consciousness, we must therefore be committed to cultivating and sustaining these divine aspects in ourselves – Dignity being the overall representative aspect of Divinity. We do this by staying connected via meditation to our Divine Source – God, and in compassionate connection with ourselves by checking our thoughts, feelings, words, and actions. Do they reflect our Dignity? If not, we lovingly change course to realign with our true nature. Difficult? Seemingly, but as our café shared, the world outside directly reflects back to us what is life giving and what is not. So, therein, highlights another aspect of Dignity – Responsibility – to others and the environment, and we do this by being directly responsible for cultivating our individual true nature. Otherwise, by rejecting this responsibility, we reject our individual Dignity and that of others and the environment.
We concluded our special gathering by meditating on our true nature and by setting the intention to individually practice our innate wisdom that as We change, so will the World, and All will be nourished by the perfect and sustainable harvest of our Mother Earth.