As volunteers from Croatia, Northern Ireland, France and Mexico gathered in Liene’s small room, the openness from their hearts gave so much space for talks, laughs, sharing, for including everyone and daring to be real and self, for opening up to new experience and why not meditation. Having meditated for 36 minutes and cultivated our inner stillness, we passed on the Little Mouse and shared what we are grateful for, realising how necessary the challenges are. They give us the courage to go out there and bring your mission to others. To sing when you have been told you cannot. To speak about stress management in Spanish when your Spanish is not good. To overcome difficulties with patience and openness. Because what can go wrong? One can only learn and develop; and jumping on the biggest challenge may bring the sweetest fruits.
Last summer, almost a year ago, I guided an online meditation session to Silvija, a girl from Rijeka, Croatia. It was already then that I felt a very good vibe coming from this session and from Silvija. This year, as I had planned my journey to Croatia for attending a Training Course, I had one free day left when I could do my meditation activities. Though Rijeka seemed far away, I decided to go there having received Silvija’s kind invitation.
As I looked at the watch, I noticed that instead of the planned 15 minutes we had meditated for nearly half an hour. Before asking Verónica about her experience, I was sure that the party next door, the loud hotel environment and someone talking on the phone, would have definitely affected Verónica’s inner stillness, but what Verónica told me was completely opposite: she had experienced the best meditation so far with brightness appearing after darkness, with a clear visualization of a full moon and feeling herself from inside while moving attention from one place to another. When the time came to spread loving kindness and peace energy, she said it felt so natural to do it, to feel it expanding.
The Training Course “Youth for Inclusion, Inclusion for Youth” (Y4II4Y) where I took part from April 18 to 26 surprised us in many ways: it was surprisingly cold in the first days in Croatia; the group energy was surprisingly amazing gathering people from Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Slovenia, Italy, Spain, and Romania like long-lost friends; and there was a surprise meditation session that I organized for the group thanks to the project coordinator Nina who found a space for this activity on a relaxing Sunday.