Connecting local responses around the world
During the CLC Workshop UNAIDS hosted in September, 2011. I did my first dream building exercise..we were given about 10 minutes to do this .....this is what I drew:
My dream spoke of having easy, readily available access to Mental Health support / services for everyone.......of having no taboo / stigma when accessing mental health support / services .....of taking care of our mental well being on a personal level through yoga, meditation , positive socialising like being in nature. I dreamt of caring for the environs by planting trees.....here I discovered that I am completely taken with the Palm tree...lol... later I confirmed this since 90% of my sketches were some sort of Palm plant! O Palm Tree, I love thee! *_*
Some time past,.... currently I am doing the blended learning program. I am at Module 3, Build YOUR dream. Here I have been asked, what is your personal dream? This is an account of that process...
I have written in my notebook on this exercise for nearly three days now, at first all kinds of ideas spewed from me....Soon I found myself hesitating..I know I must post in the forum ...yet ....here I am ....witnessing my own thinking...
I came across a quote that STOPPED me in my tracks...it reads,"the pessimist curses the wind, the optimist hopes it will change, the realist adjusts the sails"
Soon ....I found myself adjusting my sails......thinking ....*_*
+ Is this "MY" dream for a competent community?
+ Yes,seriously , from the heart?
+ Is this what I honestly want to create and manifest?
+ What exactly do I want to see?
+ Where is my community right now?
+ How to do this?
+ Who has similar dreams to mine? Perhaps we can support each other and make our dream a reality.
+ How is this beneficial to my community? ..again?
+ Is this achievable?
+ Am I committed to seeing this happen or is it just talk shop?
This is a first time experience for me, I have never heard myself in such an intimate mental dialogue before. It's nice.
From all the chatter ...I organised my thoughts ...which reflects that there are indeed so many things I envision in my competent community. Things that overlap and cross cut each other.
So I pulled out the framework of the mental vision,of what my competent community at this point in my life would look like. *_*
My mental vision of my competent community...... firstly, is one where there is easy, regular, ready access to Mental Health support / services and knowledge. Our mind is a very POWERFUL tool, a tool we do not have the instructions manual to *_* . Using orthodox approaches such as having Psychosocial support / services accessible to everyone with no taboo attached to accessing these services…No related stigma ….and Mental Health being a priority for our local Ministry. In addition other approaches such as doing an Art of Living course, where the ancient breathing technique called Sudarshan Kriya is taught, through Yoga and meditation to care our most precious asset…our mind!
Secondly, for a sustainable CLEAN environment I dreamt of planting more trees, flowers …the placement of more bins for trash ..and of course recycle.. recycle …..recycle. Let’s all walk with a reusable market bag when going shopping *_* rather than collecting so many plastic bags ..these are very little things we can do, that have such a BIG impact! Also by meditating….some say that this improves our space… I personally endorse this! It works! Do it and see what happens…what have you got to lose? *_*
Thirdly, we live in a very diverse world, all the people in my drawing, are significant of this, there is acceptance and support of that diversity …the differences that are there, whether it is that we are differently abled, straight, gay, lesbian, bi sexual , transgender, young, old, …whatever the differences …..And though it appears that there are differences, there really is none….some things are beyond what we see, and this is one.
Now I have pasted on my wall at home .....the visions I created of my Dreams as a stimulating reminder of what I have to get done ....soon I will putting up alongside it ....what and who can help me get it done *_*