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SHARING CAFE’


v         What is Sharing Cafe’

  • A program for everyone ‘whoever you are’ to come and share real life inspiring stories, thoughts, ideas for self reflections.

   When is this program?

  • It is last Sunday of every month at 4-6pm at ‘Ananda’ in PJ

            Who attends this program?

  • A mixed group of about 10-15 people from different backgrounds
  • And faiths who share common grounds and goal to better themselves.

        What are the benefits of attending this program?

  • Place to meet and learn from other people/new friends
  • Getting a close relationship of good sisterhood and brotherhood
  • Meeting experienced people, learning from their stories and having good time at the same time
  • Understanding more about the Iofc ideas/Initiatives of Change ideas and practices
  • Having self reflections through stories shared

           What activities are there in the program?

  • Story / book reading
  • Inspiring songs
  • Handouts/study materials
  • Video/CD sharing’s
  • Special support/counselling time, if needed
  • Visitors from overseas sharing, if any
  • Nice potluck + nice tea, coffee

           What are the Guidelines for Sharing Café Session

      Here are some guidelines to observe during the program;

          1Suspend assumptions

     When you are listening, suspend assumptions. What we assume is often invisible to us.

     When you are listening, you may be making assumption, Let it be – suspend it – and

     resume listening for understanding of the other.


          2Express your personal response

     When you are sharing, express your personal response, informed by your tradition,

    beliefs and practices. Speak for yourself, speak from your heart. The only person

    you can truly speak for is yourself.


          3Listen and speak without judgement

     The purpose of sharing is to come to an understanding of the other, not to determine

     whether they are good, bad, right or wrong.


          4Suspend status

     Everyone is equal. There is no seniority or hierarchy, all are friends with mutual quest for

     insight and clarity.


         5Honour confidentiality

     Leave the names of the friends who are sharing stories or ideas in the room. Create a

     space for self-expression. This also eliminates gossip.

 

         6.Listen for understanding

     You do not have to agree with or believe anything that is said. Your job is to listen for

     understanding and new ideas and ways to think about something.


         7Ask clarifying or open-ended questions

     To assist your understanding and to explore assumptions, watch out for questions with

     your own agenda embedded in them, don’t you think that…..?


        8Honour silence and time for reflection

     Notice what wants to be said rather than what you want to say. Allow time to take in

     what’s been said.


        9One person speaks at a time.

     Each person has an opportunity to speak and share his or her story, idea and

     respecting the one who is speaking/sharing is essential during the sharing.

 

 Material handouts:


                     APRIL – DECEMBER 2012

APRIL

Book “the power of Now’

 

MAY

One hour that can change your life

JUNE

Listening - the light for realizations

JULY

*Break* – fasting month

 

AUGUST

Free sharing

 

SEPTEMBER

Our actions

 

OCTOBER

Listen, look back and examine

 

NOVEMBER

Values as absolute moral standard

DECEMBER

 

 

 

 

                SHARING CAFE PICTURES


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     Tia read a page of the book and share with us about the importance of Living in the

     Present, Living in the Moment...

 

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    (One of Sharing Cafe' selected Texts)


     There have been plenty of crises in those years: difficulty with one of our teen-agers,

     marital turbulence, financial loss: Through every crisis, I have found a quietness of

     soul in that hour every morning with GOD. It gives me time to put things in

     perspective to find GOD in every circumstance.

 

     Once I find HIM, there seems to be no problem that can not be resolved. Some

     mornings, I am quickly filled with wonder and glory of GOD. But other mornings, I feel

     nothing. That's when I remember something else a friend of mine said: "There will be

     times when your mind just won't go into God's sanctuary, That's when you spend your

     hour in God's waiting room. Still, you are there, and GOD appreciates your struggle to

     stay there, What's important is the commitment to be alone with HIM.

 

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     Fauziah and Padmini sharing ideas and thoughts inspired by selected stories @ sharing

     cafe’

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     Etienne and Saiful assisting us with inspiring songs for reflections 

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    This is why we called the program ‘sharing cafe’ because we converse, connect over

     coffee.

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      So, come and join our ‘sharing cafe’, let’s learn from one another and have good

     meaningful weekend time at the same time

 

     The seed of knowledge is what captures the heart.

            ~Rumi~

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 23:34
 

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