Amnesty International – Look Beyond Borders

by Aly Hazlewood on May 24, 2016

Today I saw this very beautiful little piece of celluloid from Amnesty International and felt to repost it here on my blog for a couple of reasons;

1. It reminded me of the after-school club I used to attend in the 80′s. Once a week, a small group of students and teachers would stay behind after school together to write protest letters on behalf of Amnesty International, in support of various humanitarian causes. For me, this weekly ritual was instrumental in the development of a social conscience, and a belief in the value of social, political and Eco activism that I have carried ever since. Does this kind of thing still happen in schools and colleges anymore? If it doesn’t, it should.

2. More importantly, it got me deeeep in the feels.

Approximately 5 years ago, I randomly sat opposite a wonderful woman called *Sophia Zoe Efthimiou at Jamie Catto’s brilliant Transforming Shadows workshop. We took part in this silent eye gazing exercise for 7 minutes. At around 4 minutes in, tears streamed down my face. I remember so clearly the depth of love evident in the eyes of this stranger opposite me, and the waves of emotion that were released from feeling so ‘seen’.

In many ways, this simple, wordless exchange was the beginning of a whole new chapter of my personal evolution. Beautiful things happen when we allow ourselves to really see each other. If you’ve never experienced an eye gazing practice such as this, I urge you to try it, and not just with your nearest and dearest. You may be very surprised by what you see.

*Sophia Zoe Efthimiou is a fantastically talented choir mistress for the Hackney Harmony Community Choir. You can check out the amazing work she does with them here at a flash mob in London’s Liverpool Street Station

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Mayra Hitchens May 25, 2016 at 1:21 am

Hi, Aly, I hope you are well.

I loved the video and it reminded me of a time when my daughter was 16 and her dad had recently passed away. She had stopped talking to me and I was trying everything and nothing worked. Then, I had the notion to ask her to just sit with me without saying a word, just looking into each other’s eyes. (I had just recently been trough this exercise). What happened was exactly that, after just a few minutes she started crying…and I started crying, and she began sharing about her pain.

That was 2002 and I was compelled to share as I am spending a couple of days with her now and we just got through sharing with each other so deeply and intimately…

It’s very inspiring that you posted this video. I wish it to reach every heart and soul throughout the world.

Much love to you, dear Aly.

jenny May 31, 2016 at 6:53 pm

This is a truly wonderful video. very inspiring, I agree this Should be taught in schools all over the world.

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