We walk together to walk alone

Many times our journey with each other starts way before we actually meet.  With this sense of interconnectedness we walk into another year of Pipilika with our parents, caregivers, and facilitators. As we walk together each of us are also traversing a path that our accomplishments, strengths, fears, conditionings and patterns have made for us. 

What are my strengths? What is unique of me? What are my fears? These sessions, we believe will make a way to understand and answer a few of these questions for ourselves.

The symbolism of the tree we create together is that of being bountiful, nurturing, giver. This tree also speaks of the dynamic nature of its existence. As comforting as it is to many, it allows itself to shed the old leaves and hold the fresh new ones that emerge, showing us the transient nature of life itself.

As we draw these parallels from the tree, as we talk of being grounded and rooted, what are the winds of fear that blow past us? What is the nature of this fear? What are our responses to this fear? Like the tree how to we allow fresh and free responses to our daily challenges? How do we learn to reflect? How do we learn to ask these questions?

As the sessions of Pipilika unfold we hope to explore together, these questions, these fears and apprehensions, and where the roots of these hopes lie.
Tree mandala made by the parents and facilitators

What would it mean to go back to the roots and engage with a medium that is primal and basic?

As the parents reflected on their hopes and fears, the children took to working with clay. In the realm of the emotions, children, parents and educators are all learners at the same level. Neither the child nor the adult is free of fear or has understood its various implications. 

While we as adults may know more than children do about various practical or technical aspects of the world, we have to approach this question of emotional learning with tentativeness and a sense of humility.

In their first Pipilika session for the year, children worked with their hands to make flowers, and some sea animals. They sang and shared stories with each other as their hands brought to life new animals from clay.
Children work with clay
Whether it’s the metaphor of the tree or the clay (earth) that supports it- they remain a constant reminder to each of us of the small roles that we play in a larger plan of the universe.  Each one of us have the ability to create, destroy, nurture, nourish and grow.

Holding this thought lets co-create spaces for ourselves to raise these questions, seek answers, dialogue and experience this beautiful ‘Tree of Life’.


Source: SnehadharaBlog

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