The opening and closing addresses by Liese Groot-Alberts were just so thought-provoking. Particularly standing out for me was Liese’s definition of Compassion: “a sustained and practical determination to do whatever is possible and necessary to alleviate suffering...”. I was also touched by Liese’s words on ‘the gaze’ “...a connecting with our heart that describes the unspoken in the middle that occurs. In Te Ao Maori, this unspoken presence is referred to as the ‘mauri’. Liese highlighted: “Get the ‘mauri’ right, then the rest of the relationship will come...when we connect and we are together, we stand on sacred ground, honouring that space.”
The above stood out for me because I believe the Hui reflected over the three days a real commitment to try ‘and get the mauri right’.
Kia ora koe e hine, Yes you captured what our opening speaker was trying to get us to focus on. She was brilliant and she drew us all into her magic of being caring to each other. I have never known a person who could really get down to my mauri like she did. We all needed that "massage" because we had a year of working our butts off with the mahi we do, so we were vulnerable. But she settled us into a brilliant hui for carers. Thank you for saying all that, because she needed her own kind of acknowledgement. Kia kaha e kare ki te whikoi i roto i touna ao. Na te kuia. Tuti
Association for Counsellors National Conference May 2013