Discuss ... how different is that to Destruction? Are they quite aware of the scale we are talking about sooner than 2036? How much Gyan does this involved? Given that psyche is soul, How do we define "psycho-spiritual"?
From the BK at the UN.In the areas of disaster preparedness, considerable thought is given to everything from the expected things like emergency resources, medical training, and risk management to the more seemingly removed areas of architecture and engineering. In the areas of disaster relief and recovery, considerable thought is given to the individual, social and cultural costs of the effects of disaster. Importance is rightly attributed to counselling, psychological intervention and appropriate emotional care of the disaster victim. One area that has not received due attention is the pre-paration of people.
Little attention is being paid to the necessity and efficacy of inner resources and spiritual strength as a substantial means of handling, coping with and recovering from both the psychological and physical effects of disaster.
It is proposed that these inner strengths can be learned and practised in times of peace to become a part of the arsenal of techniques available for people to call on in times of disaster. This would essentially mean that people would survive the experience of disaster with considerably less personal trauma. They could then be a resource to others and so the related costs both economic and social which are multiple would be substantially reduced.
Loved ones can die, material possessions can be lost, health can be compromised but these inner strengths endure.
BKWSU wrote:Tamasin Ramsay - intern
Areas of interest include: Reintegrating spirituality into social and humanitarian outreach programs, particularly disaster response. The human rights and dignity of all people. Understanding the mechanics of spiritual transformation as a method to remove suffering. Grounded and pragmatic forms of spirituality.
Endeavour Research Fellow and PhD scholar at Monash University, Australia
"Intern" is a posh word for volunteer, like "faculty member" was used elsewhere for a notable western BK teacher.Monash University wrote:Research Interests
Interesting in posstraumatic growth, existentialism, the philosophy of spirituality, religion, suffering and the anthropology of disaster. Currently undertaking research to determine the way in which members of a spiritual community move through the inner suffering experienced as a result of environmental (natural or intentional) disaster.
Fieldwork sites: Manhattan, USA and Orissa, India.