The session will start with a two minute deep breathing to calm and center our minds on our feelings before the group leader reads the following points to note:
These sessions are for you to pour your hearts out. Please note that:
No one will record what anybody said.
There will one person who speaks at any given time while everyone listens confidentially, mindfully, reflectively and nonjudgmentally.
There will no subsequent talk of who said what after these sessions.
Everyone will have two chances of expressing their heartfelt feelings about what you heard, saw, observed and felt during the conference thus far, not what you thought but what you felt. There will be other opportunities of expressing your thoughts. In these sessions, let us focus on our feelings.
Everyone will have two chances to express her/himself. Please be brief and focused: 1 minute maximum per round per person.
No discussion in the two rounds
We will pass a stone to the person on our left and the person with the stone speaks while all listen. If she/he decides not to say anything, she/he merely passes the stone to the person on the left. There is no compulsion to speak.
The group leader has the stone to start the first session: he/she introduces him/herself and expressing the feelings on the top of his/her heart and passes the stone on the left
The person with the stone introduces him/herself and expressing the feelings on the top of his/her heart and so on it goes full circle.
The group leader says, “Now that we have heard everyone in the group, does that change how you feel? Let us go around the circle once more and express how and what we feel now.” The group leader starts the second round.
At the end of the second round, the group leader will give everyone a note paper to anonymously record a word, a phrase or a sentence expressing the utmost feeling in their heart at that instant, fold the paper and return it to the group leader.
There will be free-wheeling discussion after that if there is any time left.
Anonymous record of the expression of the utmost feelings:
Grateful that the conference is so helpful, both its easier and its harder lessons
Joyful content to be on my path
I feel reassured in the belief that God is indeed good
Happy to be among likeminded people. Expected more spiritual deepness from speakers than deep knowledge of religion
Grateful, positive energy
I feel nourished very deeply in this conference and it keeps growing each year
I feel really good about the changes to come
Really confused, don’t know what I am supposed to say. Grateful for being here and oneness of people – feeling of oneness has been achieved
I feel appreciation and comfort
Peace brings abundance
I feel happy that that there are other people looking to be peaceful and encouraging of others in this world
Don’t want to do this exercise, general contentment
I am feeling hopeful
I feel very good right now
We receive what we need, we just have to be open
Feeling love and peace, most of all unity
Deep gratitude and amazement
Grateful, challenged to spread the good news
I am a page waiting for the words, with confidence that the author will provide them
Love, hope, faith, gratitude
Calm and serene
Gratitude and calmness
Gain great insights from so many wise people
I feel very grateful, appreciative and loved with people around me & love for myself, Bliss
Peace, thankful, content, blessed, Love
Affirmation personal and corporate
Watch my mind
Lot of gratitude towards all, immense love how all of us want to change the way we look at oneself – unconditional love
Joy for acceptance of differences and sameness
Unity in diversity
Anxious, want to know
Anxious and confused yet a sense of understanding
Not wanting to open up - same time opening up – door is the heart –makes life easier
Vulnerability. Le'ts get on with this – great deal of peace
Lot of belief is judgement of unfolding – not feeling good – had beliefs all these years
Visualization of the data collected from the participants in the form of a wordle shows the prime feelings of the participants as a group. The dominance of the appearance of a word expreses the dominance of the feeling expressed. The more dominant the appearance of a word, the higher the number of times the word repeats in the data collected.