Guiding Light of The Month

Tell me, wilt Thou grant me the marvellous power to give birth to this dawn in expectant hearts, to awaken the consciousness of men to Thy sublime presence, and in this bare and sorrowful world awaken a little of Thy true Paradise? What happiness, what riches, what terrestrial powers can equal this wonderful gift! - The Mother

Spotlight on Integral Enrichment programme (IEP)

The last event for this year, looked forward to by most of the children was a trek along the linkways that connect one park with another on the western part of Singapore. As I left the metro behind me and passed through the exit gates of Harbourfront MRT station, I caught sight of the many excited faces eagerly waiting for the walk to start. We set off together at about 4pm, a happy lot, aged between 3 and the 50s, towards our starting point at the base of Mount Faber. Besides the regular attendees of the Integral Enrichment Programme, parents were with us, with older IEP children who had since then passed out, together with the facilitators. We anticipated a very steep climb at the out start, towards Mount Faber and spent a considerable time on warm up exercises.

The boarded walkway, well constructed for a comfortable climb helped, but the climb was a steep one. Most children carried their own bags. I could not help noticing all the food that parents had loving packed for the picnic dinner that would follow later on in the night.

The weather was a pleasant one. As the evening progressed, the setting sun eased its intensity. We were truly blessed that day. For all the rains that the island had received in the last many days, this day was truly fine weathered one. At the summit of Mount Faber, we made a first stop to admire the sun setting over the western horizon, over our southern waters.

For me, the beginning of this walk, so called our yearly night walk, was the most significant, mostly because of the intense warm-up exercises we performed on a ground left soggy with the heavy rains of previous days, the steep climb at the out start and the reward offered by a setting sun at the top of Mount Faber. The rest of the evening was as intensely experienced, according to reports from some children and adults who were part of this.

- Jayanthy

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