One client I am assisting is the Cape Clear ESB and it Assembly functionality. This provides mediation support via a Spring Bean configuration file which is generated via graphical drag/drop tools. Because the Assembly Service is stateless and the project we were working on required some context sharing, we had to open up the covers and learn about org.springframework.context.ApplicationContext and org.springframework.beans.factory.InitializingBean. A single bean with a scope of singleton was developed to provide context for all instances of the assembly and when the assembly was loaded this information was initialized as part of the afterPropertiesSet() method.
Within each instance of the assembly, Cape Clear provides another context called com.capeclear.mediation.MediationContext which provides a setProperty() and getProperty() method. This provides simple storage of variables within an instance.