Have you ever asked yourself the question “What is peace?” Last week I attended an international peace conference held at Hope Springs Institute (www.hopespringsonstitute.org) in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in southern Ohio. People gathered from Europe, Curacao, India and across the US to discuss peace.Retired Col Ann Wright, a warrior in her own right, discussed her resignation from the military in protest to US policy in Iran, and her subsequent commitment to work for peace. Her story is compelling. The perspective of a female warrior working for peace and weaving together her experience, information and heart was exhilarating. Violence is at the root of all trauma says Gina Ross, Founder and President on the International Healing Institute (www.ginaross.com). She gave a wonderful presentation on healing trauma by understanding the Trauma Vortex and being more aligned with the Healing Vortex. The experience of trauma is retained in our bodies. It can be eliminated through SE (Somatic Experiencing). I experienced this marvelous technique first hand through her skilled guidance in healing the trauma of living through the September 11 attacks on the WTC. A most powerful experience, it took just minutes.
What the connection is between peace and an engaged organization? Peace is a state of mind. When we are authentic we generally are coming from a peaceful place, at one with ourselves even though our expression of a point of view or emotion might be intense. Engaged organizations are inhabited by people who strive to be and are authentic. These companies are places where people feel comfortable sharing their thinking, creativity and even feelings. Engaged organizations are great breeding grounds for peace. I’d love to hear some of your views on this. Please share them with me.