The half-way mark through the 27th Sumedha Sadhana was celebrated with an afternoon picnic to the River Bola, near Jeolikote, on 25th October.
The river currently does not have much water. So, the participants could wade through the water, jump over the rocks and prepare tea on the dry river bed famous for its dark sand.
The 27th Sumedha Sadhana commenced on September 25. The first two weeks were facilitated by Jose Parappully, the Programme Director.
Parappully helped participants to look at the current realities on the psychospiritual journey, discern what God might be telling them through all that is happening and make choices as response to those invitations.
He traced the rise and fall of dominant cultural paradigms, especially the Dualistic-Mechanistic and the Holistic-Ecological and presented the impact of these paradigms on spirituality. He presented 17 characteristics of a “Mature Spirituality for Today” and helped participants to assess themselves on these characteristics and redesign their priorities.
He also helped them trace their developmental experiences through infancy to adolescence. He will be addressing Midlife dynamics later in the programme.
The films “Siddhartha,” and “Chocalat” supplemented class explorations.
The third week focused on “Personality and Spirituality.” Ajoy Fernandes, a counselling psychologist an currently Vice Provincial of the Mumbai Don Bosco Society, helped participants discover their personality types through the MBTI, and explored the implications of each personality type for spirituality.
Fernandes presented the Jungian concepts of Persona and Shadow, Animus and Anima and their impact on personality and spirituality. He explored these concepts using structured exercises and the films “Spider Man” and “EarthSea.” The entire module was integrated through creation of Mandalas.
The theme for last week was “Sexuality, Celibacy and Intimacy.” This module was facilitated by Joe Mannath, currently Secretary of the Conference of Religious of India. Topics explored include Stages of Psychosexual Development, Celibate Maturity, Sexual Attraction in Ministry, integration of Sexual Feelings in Celibate Life, Helps to Happy Celibate Life, and Celibate Friendship.
Class explorations were supplemented by films such as “Love Comes softly,” “Dead Man Walking,” and “Joshua” as well as Video Meditations.
“Somatic Meditations” – consisting of Music, Songs, Yoga, Dance, Sacred Scripture, Centering Prayer and other forms of Meditations -- to begin the day are regular part of the Sumedha Sadhana. These are facilitated by Jose Parappully.
The day concludes with creative Liturgies that integrate the day's experiences through Scripture, Songs and the Eucharist.
Participants whose birthdays fall during the period of the Sadhana are felicitated with some level of festivities.
The 27th Sumedha Sadhana, the last for the year 2014, concludes on November 30.