“Om  Café”

How  to  Create  an  “Om  Café”  on  non-­‐violence  for  Young  Adults.  
1.      As  much  as  possible,  create  a  light,  casual  atmosphere  (like  that  of  a  café)  that  invites  

conversation,  creativity  and  openness.  Serve  tea/coffee  and  refreshments.  Although  it   is  nice  to  set  up  round  tables  and  create  a  café  ambiance,  it  is  not  always  possible.  Just   aim  to  create  a  relaxed  setting.    You  may  also  turn  this  into  a  workshop  if  you  like.    Feel   free  to  use  your  creative  license  to  make  it  your  own.  
2.    Move  through  the  three  steps  of  Explore,  Express  and  Exchange  listed  on  the  following  

page.    The  exploration  is  the  foundation.  Great  conversation  that  is  engaging,  deep,   and  meaningful  is  something  that  appeals  to  young  adults.    The  questions  listed  on  the   following  page  are  designed  to  stimulate  rich  conversation.  
3. Entertainment  is  frequently  part  of  the  café  experience.  Create  an  open  mic  segment    

where  the  young  adults  can  showcase  their  creations  and  share  any  inspirations  or   thoughts  that  they  have  had  about  the  value.    
4. Inspire  them  at  the  end  of  the  café  to  use  the  entire  month  to  explore  the  value  of  

non-­‐violence  and  to  see  how  they  can  apply  it  practically.  They  can  even  create  a   poem,  song,  painting,  story,  or  video  about  the  value.  Encourage  them  to  exchange  all   thoughts  and  creations  with  young  adults  worldwide  on  the  website  listed  at  the   bottom  of  the  page.  
5. Bring  a  video  camera  or  a  digital  camera  and  post  your  café  images/movies  on  the   Spotlight  Values  network,  spotlightvalues.org  

 

non-­‐violence  
Explore
This  step  of  the  Spotlight  Values  process  is  about  exploring  the  value  together  through   reflection  and  conversation.  It  brings  the  value  to  life  and  makes  it  real.     a) What  does  it  mean  to  have  non-­‐violence  in  my  thoughts?  In  my  words?  In  my   community?  What  qualities  or  personal  practices  allow  me  to  cultivate  non-­‐violence  in   my  life?   b) Bullying  has  become  a  serious  problem  these  days.  A  subtle  form  of  bullying  could  even   be  gossip  or  an  attitude  or  criticism  towards  others.  Often,  like  the  bully,  we  don’t  realize   the  pain  we’re  causing  through  that.    Reflect  honestly  about  a  time  when  you  may  have   bullied  either  in  a  very  subtle  or  obvious  way.    What  qualities  or  attitudes  would  allow   you  to  finish  that  form  of  bullying  and  cultivate  an  attitude  of  non-­‐violence?  

Express
This  step  of  the  Spotlight  Values  process  enables  them  to  explore  the  value  creatively  and   express  it.   Creative  alternatives  to  violence:   Have  several  small  pieces  of  paper.  Have  each  person  there  write  down  a  few  scenarios  where   the  issue  of  subtle  or  severe  violence  can  arise.    Subtle  forms  would  be  gossip,  stonewalling,   disrespect,  criticizing,  etc…the  obvious  forms  are…well,  obvious.    Examples  of  scenarios:    a)  Your   boss  tells  you  off  in  front  of  your  peers    b)  you  find  out  a  friend  said  they  thought  you  were   annoying    c)  you  witness  someone  you  really  care  about  being  attacked  verbally  ….  Write  one   scenario  per  small  piece  of  paper.  Then  put  all  the  scenarios  in  a  bowl.     Divide  the  group  into  groups  of  2  or  three.  Without  looking,  have  them  pick  2  scenarios  from  the   bowl.  Each  group  will  come  up  with  3  responses  for  each  scenario  that  are  creative  and  non-­‐ violent.  Discuss  how  using  creativity  to  come  up  with  alternatives  and  thinking  outside  the  box   are  keys  to  cultivating  non-­‐violence.    

Exchange
This  step  of  the  Spotlight  Values  process  allows  them  to  share  their  thoughts  and  creations   with  the  group  so  that  the  collective  wisdom  can  emerge  to  be  experienced  by  all.   Invite  the  groups  up  to  share  their  creative  alternatives.   Conclude  the  evening  with  a  guided  meditation  on  the  value.    Meditations  on  the  value  are   available  on  the  website.       If  you  have  any  questions  or  would  like  to  setup  a  conference  call,  feel  free  to  email  us  at   spotlightvalues@bkun.org  

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