#MySacredStory: Leen AlJoudi Alhusni, Syria
LEEN ALJOUDI ALHUSNI
Caux Scholars Program Alumni 2018
My name is Leen AlJoudi Alhusni. I am reminded of an identity exercise from the Caux Scholars Program called “Who am I?” CSP is a part of my deepest thoughts and emotions now. Each learning guides me in my daily actions, gives me strength and resilience and reminds me of who I am.
Before Caux Scholars, I would have answered this question as follows: “I am Syrian, female, 24 years old, Muslim but do not wear a hijab. I am a Business Administration graduate, a law student, and a Monitoring & Evaluation Officer with International Medical Corps.”
This change in my self-introduction is a glimpse of the change I experienced in my life after completion of CSP. The Caux Scholars Program has helped me to look into the deepest part of my conscience, to grow, and accept myself. I have learned to look at things from a different perspective. Thinking about what I do, what I want to do and what I can do has become part of my daily life now. I do know all these answers. However, I do not know if these answers are because I am doing good things in my life, or because CSP helped me to see the good in all things. I accept it all today as a blessing, which has brought peace in my life. During this exciting and challenging journey of finding my inner peace, I happened to find so many other surprises along the way. I gained confidence in representing my country, its struggles, as well as confronting and challenging my own weaknesses.
After finishing my course with the Caux Scholars Program, I started contemplating on how to take this learning further ahead in my work. How do I spread this inner peace wherever I go and to people who need it just as much as I do? I started by joining a peacebuilding group in Damascus and I was able to impart three most powerful and impactful exercises I learned during CSP: the power exercise, the communication exercise, and most importantly, the identity exercise. The participants’ feedback not only motivated me but also made me feel connected to them on a deeper level.
My peers in the circle have also facilitated peace exercises they learned from their respective agencies, and this learning environment we are sharing has been an invaluable experience. I am happy with the progress and information sharing that has happened so far, and I am sure it will not stop here. My goal for the future is to practice these exercises with vulnerable communities to help actualize inner peace. In Syria, there are some political and donor restrictions regarding this issue. Therefore, until now I have not been able to provide any peace-related support through the humanitarian agency I am currently working with.