Syria Crisis: Mindfulness and Stress Management for Emergency Relief Workers

By Emmett Fitzgerald

Final preparations are being made by the Contemplative-Based Resilience (CBR) Project team for our biggest operational moment of 2018 so far. From March 20th to March 29th, the CBR Project’s team of psychologists and meditation and mindful movement teachers will be on the ground in the Middle East offering direct support and building the resiliency skills of aid workers in…

Notes from the the 14th Sakyadhita Conference on Buddhist Women

By Teri Sivilli

Yogyakarta, Indonesia June 23, 2015 The iPhone has failed me. It doesn’t update the date and time on wireless networks, only on cellular. And so my phone was still on Tokyo time when I went to bed in Yogyakarta on the night of the solstice. Which means two things: it wasn’t 1 am when I went to sleep last night,…

Reconnecting with Compassion

By Teri Sivilli

In a widely shared article in The Guardian on April 29, 2015, Secret Aid Worker (S.A.W.) wrote of fears that the work “is affecting the aspect of my personality that made me want to become an aid worker in the first place: my compassion.” While not downplaying the personal benefits of a satisfying career, the anonymous writer nevertheless voiced a…