Last time I co-facilitated a weekend peace circle in Britain in January, snow and flu saw to it that only five people turned up – three of them facilitators! So it was with considerable relief that 13 of us gathered in Oxford over the weekend of 19 January, with the sun shining and only two health-related cancellations.
Afterwards, one participant wrote, ‘One thing that is different for me is to realize that having negative views of people is the seed of conflict. My reaction is often to receive people’s opinions with a big sigh, “here they go again.” But if I can see them as fragile people, needing to be accepted and loved, I can approach them with different eyes and heart. Trying to see people differently, understanding that, just like me, they have their scars, will be a help.’
Another wrote of a new awareness of what was blocking an important relationship: ‘My shift will have been imperceptible to you but runs very deep within me.’