“In modern society most of us don’t want to be in touch with ourselves; we want to be in touch with other things like religion, sports, politics, a book – we want to forget ourselves. Anytime we have leisure, we want to invite something else to enter us, opening ourselves to the television and telling the television to come and colonize us.” – Thich Nhat Hanh, Being Peace
On the mat, I make a conscious choice to bring awareness into my self. A choice to put ‘knowledge’ away and to practice being. Conflicts will not be resolved through my studying academic texts on the subject, ‘development’ will not increase when our conception of it is defined by things outside of the self. Conflict resolution is practiced first within, the development of society is catalysed by the development of our own consciousness. Development is conscientização (to use one of Freire’s terms: conscientisation). We cannot force peace on the world, we must be peace, and the rest will follow.