On April 26, 2015, 60 Minutes aired a report on recovery from summer of 2014 war in Gaza that includes The Center for Mind-Body Medicine.
Tens of thousands of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are using the CMBM model to repair the damaging effects of trauma and stress.
The CG program is much needed in Israel, and is of desperate importance in Gaza and the West Bank where people with cancer, particularly women, are often treated as pariahs.
I’m so pleased to present to you this brand new, powerful documentary we filmed this July. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch it (it’s under ten minutes long) and see the beautiful, healing work our trainees are doing in this troubled place.
…an amazing article on our work in Gaza from this morning’s New York Times. It gives such an accurate feeling for the touching , powerful, and effective work The Center for Mind-Body Medicine is doing in Gaza and for the spirit of healing, community and hope that I believe pervades everything that we do.
We’re so thankful for the recognition of our work in Gaza, alleviating psychological pain and suffering, and all of the work we do…through our Mind-Body Medicine Training as well as our Healing Our Troops program.
“We have been on a journey,” says the psychologist who is leading the final session of Mohammed’s group. She sits comfortably cross-legged on the floor, in her long coat and headscarf, next to the young man who is her partner on this last day. “We have come to know each other in a way that is not usual here in Gaza,” she goes on. “men and women speaking together from their hearts, all of us finding new friends.”
In the small groups we see and hear that the consequences of history are inscribed in our participants’ pain and fears. Remember the hurt that the young psychologists whom I described in the previous blog carry from childhoods shadowed by loss and deprivation and squeezed by self-righteous brutality.
As the days pass, our participants discover and discuss new possibilities of psychophysiological self-regulation – breathing deeply to relax in spite of the anxious anticipation of leading a group for the first time, or to find a calm place from which to encounter memories of family members “martyred” by violence. . . .
Here’s a brand new video of clips from the Gaza training, showing more techniques and lectures!