Wednesday, August 17, 2022

If you’re not healthy, you can’t build a better world

May 26, 2018 was a dark day in the history of Amnesty International. One of his employees, 65-year-old Gaten Mootoo, took his own life in the Paris office. He left a letter in which he explained that the overwhelming work pressure and lack of support from his mentors causes,

A few weeks later, 28-year-old Rose McGregor, an intern in the Geneva office, also committed suicide. his family said The organization did not support the intense concern that they facedAccording to ‘The Guardian’.

A few months later, a new general secretary, South African Kumi Naidu, took over the leadership of the NGO. The aim was to address this situation, which clearly highlighted structural problems at the level of internal culture in relation to mental health. In addition, he had a regular job with a high painful load, with tasks to protect human rights on a global scale.

Naidu spoke about his experience at the Wellbeing Summit for Social Change held in Bilbao in early June. In front of 1,000 attendees, he opened his heart. Instead of describing to many as great management of a complex situation, he admitted that he failed at something fundamental: taking care of himself.

“I completely underestimated the impact it had on me… I was working 20 hours a day and was constantly sleep deprived,” Naidu said. ,I was being politically and socially irresponsible,

At the end of 2019, Naidu left the position many consider to be so successful and began “a healing process”. From learning how to use your breath or meditation to calm your nervous system, to working through past traumas, including your mother’s suicide.

,I will never again be ashamed or apologize for taking care of my own well-being.”, she confessed. “The fight for a fair world is a marathon, not a sprint.”

Put your oxygen mask on before helping others

Naidu was not the only one to open up to the stage on such a personal level. The Congress which ran in three days, Dozens of world leaders promoting activism, social change or issues of public interest have demonstrated that it is not possible to speak simply about ideas without engaging with our challenges as human beings., Jay Coen Gilbert, co-founder of the B Corp movement, which is committed to companies making a positive impact on society, admitted: “I had to slow down to start growing.”

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One of the most repeatable stories: I was fighting for my cause and I let my health get in the way. I know this kitty very well myself, this has happened to me. I worked my way up from examining history-making journalism like the Panama Papers, and along the way I lost an ovary, my thyroid went out of whack and I got burn worker syndrome.

On airplanes we are told: “Put your oxygen mask on first, before you put on others”. Even then, In ‘passion’ professions, where we fight for social injustice, it is all too common to forget that basic principle of taking care of ourselves, to build a better world., Experts call it ‘human giver syndrome’.

neuroscience and wellness

We live in complex times, where we are being challenged on many levels. Only if we take care of ourselves we can change the society for the better and not do more harm to the planet. This is the climax of this first Wellbeing Summit, which tried to normalize the importance of caring for the individual, not something selfish, but for the good of the society.

Psychologist and psychotherapist Ricard Davidson, an eminent in the world of neuroscience, described what his research had shown. Four fundamental pillars of a healthy mind,

  • to be present (Awareness,
  • feel connected (Relation,
  • be curious (sense,
  • stay motivated (purpose,
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Image from Richard Davidson’s presentation.

In several proposed solutions, it was reiterated that Wait, stop this fast-paced world, it’s important, Dr. Sarah King summarizes it with a beautiful and simple phrase: “Time Is Important, Let’s Slow Down”,

Perhaps one of the most disruptive issues of this Congress is the introduction of art as a fundamental component. Not only did the musical performances take place in between talks, but enjoying the art, installations and concerts over the course of the three days was also a part of the experience. Art as a tool for transformation and inner healing as well as awakening creativity.

Installation ‘Spark’ (Spark), which is played with soap bubbles and lights as an alternative to fireworks. (courtesy/welfare summit)

I am enough

Music was also used to convey messages. From a gospel choir sung with an ex-convict to a song that touched me deeply. We are often valued for what we do, not for who we are. In that race, it seems like it’s never enough. ‘I am enough’ reminds you that You are wonderful just as you are. You don’t always have to be proven.

This song sums up the spirit of what happened at the convention for me and it’s something I keep repeating to myself lately. This can also work for you. We have a lot to do, yes, but there’s probably already a long way to go with being present and being.

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May 26, 2018 was a dark day in the history of Amnesty International. One of his employees, 65-year-old Gaten Mootoo, took his own life in the Paris office. He left a letter in which he explained that the overwhelming work pressure and lack of support from his mentors causes,

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