Creating Waves of Awareness
It is surprising that now yoga is being respected by Armed forces of USA in Afghanistan.The following news is worth reading.It is helping to overcome the mental stress of the war and its bad effect on the soldiers.
Amandine Roche, a French pioneer humanitarian, peace-maker and founder of the Amanuddin Foundation, has dedicated her life to changing the tone in Afghanistan. At age 18, after a meeting with the Dalai Lama her life took a turn, she was on a mission and her toolbox included yoga and meditation. Presently, she is special advisor to the Afghan Minister of Education, but at a younger age she was once detained in Afghanistan, and that compelled her to study conflict resolution.
Amandine has consulted with the United Nations Department of Peace keeping, European Commission, UNICEF, UNDP, UNESCO, USAID, Reporter without Border, IOM and NDI in Asia (Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, East Timor, Bhutan, Tibet, Nepal), Africa (Togo, Rwanda, Kenya, Angola, DRC), Europe (Armenia), and South America (Mexico, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Jamaica).
I can relate her approach to Gandhi's as "Non-violent" make peace, not war. Her background as a world traveler and expert photographer brings esteem and wisdom to bringing people of many nations together.
Beginning with the mind, thoughts, sensitivity to self and others is "the way." Relinquishing any negative thoughts can bring peaceful resolution to conflicts. From her point of view and many others, the war machines and defensive postures simply do not bring an end to fighting. Do you think this is just wishful thinking or a possible reality?
AFP | "Real peace starts within, like the war starts within. We need to raise the level of consciousness, it's as simple as that," Amandine says from her home in Kabul.
Thank you for adding the background to the " yoga in Afghanistan". It was a pleasure reading about the person who has done a wonderful job of bringing about a inner peace with yoga.