Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
Being a Rotary Peace Fellow studying at Rotary Peace Center, Chulalongkorn University, I got an opportunity to learn many different subjects on how to analyze the conflicts, and the possible ways of how to initiate peacebuilding process. However, what keeps reminding me is ‘inner peace building’ which I have never noticed before. It is very important that we build peace from inside-out.
I like the concept of Aikido which we studied with Dr. Sombat Tabanya, Psychotherapist, a retired professor from Chiang Mai. Aikido is for self-defensing, using the power of the nature and the combination of spiritual and philosophical. It has a wider sense of peaceful conflict resolution in it.
The principles of Aikido are very applicable to my daily life in dealing with people at workplaces and at home. This is also relevant to use with peace negotiators in my country, Myanmar. The said principles are as below;
It is important to strengthen ourselves in order to strengthen the process, the institution and the people. Thus, it is very important that peace starts from us, from inside of individuals, to the family members, then to community, then to the nation and then to the entire society through the (human) principles stated above.
Peace must build from ‘Inside-Out’
Self-awareness is the key to stabilizing the coherence and realizing the victory!!!
Nang Pao Hom – Myanmar
Rotary Peace Fellow – Class 27