Tag Archives: reflection and action

Aid to Zen: W – Wounded Healer

This post is part of Aid to Zen – A Quick Guide to Surviving Aid Work from A to Z by Alessandra Pigni. I’ve always been a rather poor student of Latin and Greek back in high school, but I did love … Continue reading

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Black humour in crisis

The most recent chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun in northern Syria acts as a reminder of what the Syrian people have been enduring in these years of war. How can one cope with all of that? If you watched the … Continue reading

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Nope, you can’t “be the change” alone

“Positive Attitude” Bullshit: On the dangers of “radical self-love”, reads the title of what I think is a provocative post that brings together important reflections on the “personal and the political” that may be of interest to my fellow readers. … Continue reading

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Disruptive reflections from 2014

My favourite reflections of 2014 – not all about humanitarian stuff, or mindfulness, or burnout. Because to think and act outside the box we need to read outside the box. We are lucky, it’s really not unusual in the humanitarian sector to … Continue reading

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Personal and Global Development are Linked

Personal, social and political transformation are interconnected. Yes, ‘the personal is political’. As a psychologist with a passion for the state of the world I’m glad to see that more and more research shows that personal wellbeing, awareness and development are intimately connected … Continue reading

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Finding meaning in a crazy world

Jerusalem is under a thick coat of snow, and snowmen pop up at every corner. While I get ready to leave this crazy land, I like to remind myself that as human beings we crave for love and meaning in this … Continue reading

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Love is the most potent source of power

Can we see the connection between healthy relations at work, and our ability to enable change in the world? One cannot be burnt-out and have a positive impact out there. This is common sense. So why is it that many … Continue reading

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The Time to Reconnect

In our lives immersed in technology, we rarely shut everything off. We turn on when we wake up, and are on our devices until we go to sleep. I’m not immune to this. Very few people these days are. And … Continue reading

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Less distractions, more focus: how to survive in the field

“If you chase two rabbits, both will escape” said an unknown sage. And she was right. I doubt you have rabbits to run after, but no doubt you have way too many commitments, meetings, paperwork, reports to write. Life in the … Continue reading

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Living life in the midst paradoxes

“How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in one’s culture but within oneself? If there is a stage … Continue reading

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