In Shammi’s words
“Like most of us, I have experienced conflicts in painful ways. In moments of disconnection I would get into defense or attack and things would get worse. I would then leave or make others leave the community. In my family itself we are going through a conflict which is in the court now. It pains me to see near and dear ones behaving like enemies and I realize that we end up in this situation not because we are bad but we do not have enough systems of listening and working with conflict in our society. The incident in my family and other spaces made me look for caring ways of dealing with conflict and I came across three powerful gifts that exist in the world. They are – NVC, Self Management Systems and Restorative Circles. Experiencing them gave me hope that we can create a world where we can manifest the care in our actions and words even in difficult and disconnecting times. I feel hopeful that we can create a world where each person’s voice matters and they are valued and are able to contribute meaningfully in co-creating our world together.
Having experienced this beauty I can see that so much of the suffering that comes from conflicts is avoidable and we can lead nourishing lives where we move towards more and more peaceful and harmonious world.
I began sharing these modalities for last few years as I travelled across the country, met so many people who are keen to receive these gifts and transform the world. I realised the need for a space which is a living example of these practices, where we can ourselves explore and live this life and support others to learn it by joining us in the space. Thus, I decided to create the space AhimsaGram to manifest the dream I have shared above.”