Your NameMaryam Safe
Cohort AssignmentEurope Summer-Fall 2023, Cohort 1
1. What do you see as your primary work at this stage of your life?

My primary work at most stages of my life has been to know my self deeply and to recognise my connections with all forms of life. In this regard, I do research, try to learn from the heart and make bridges between people who work and live in service to life and living systems.

2. What role do you see as yours to play?

In every situation, I see my role to be arising in accordance with the dynamics of that environment. I enjoy listening, observing, making connections between people and the environment, movement and stillness, and learning from nature and indigenous traditions.

3. What goals or aims do you have in regard to the above?

To know and understand what it means to be human and how we can build an ecological civilisation that respects and is in service to life.

4. Where do you feel your next arenas for personal growth are?

Each step unfolds the next. However the arena for my personal growth is an ecological understanding of the ways we could change our lifestyles and urban settings.

5. And for professional growth?

I have been offered a part-time place for teaching at the University of Coventry and I find talking to the younger generations about a more life-centric human way very interesting.

6. What have you invested in to get you where you are?

I grew up in Iran in a variety of climates, temperate, cold, and hot, from the sea to the forest, deserts, mountains, and rivers. At the same time, I was raised within a Sufi community with a very clear understanding of life, truth, and humanity.
In my later years, I studied art history and anthropology, which opened new horizons in my understanding of being and living in the world. Last year, I was lucky enough to study at Building Beauty to learn about the holistic ways of building ornaments, furniture, homes, neighbourhoods, cities, and communities.

7. What fields of learning and which thinkers have been important in your life?

Sufism and self discovery, Art and poetry, holistic design, activism, ecological education.
Rumi and Sufis in general, Christopher Alexander, Indigenous elders, Ramana Maharshi, Krishnamurti, David Bohm, .

8. Can you frame your philosophy or cosmology of life? What role(s) do humans play in it?

I need some time to reflect on this question.

Date CreatedAugust 29, 2023