In 2014, the world avoided a global Ebola outbreak. Watch this video to learn more about what the world can do to prepare before there's another epidemic.
In 2014, the world was stunned by the Ebola epidemic that occurred in West Africa. But through the tireless efforts of volunteer workers, this outbreak did not spread globally. Bill Gates suggests taht there was more the world could have done to be prepared for an epidemic like this one. Watch this insightful, thought-provoking talk about how to be prepared for the next epidemic.
A meditative walking exercise to help you process your encounter with disaster and human dignity.
Meditation doesn’t have to be a boring, passive activity. If you want to explore deeper contemplation, but have trouble imagining yourself sitting on the floor and humming, try combining a walk with spiritual reflection. The combination of bodily activity and spiritual awareness can help you process your Encounter with disaster and human dignity in a deep, embodied way.
Open the door, walk outside, and head to a place that brings you peace of mind. As you walk, reflect on your Encounter or engage with a passage from scripture. Here’s a good option: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." (Psalms 46:1)
Make your contemplation a "whole body" experience - become mindful of where you put your feet, of how you move your arms. But also focus on the issues presented about disaster relief and preparedness. By becoming aware of your physical movements while also engaging the information and ideas from the Encounter, you are integrating your body and mind.
Remember that the process has three parts:
1. The beginning of the meditative walk is a time of letting go. Release the cares and concerns of the day. Let your mind become clear.
2. In the middle of the walk, stop for a short break. During this rest, open yourself to new insights or ways of thinking. Take as much time as you need.
3. At the end of the walk, attempt to integrate whatever you’ve just received or learned into your normal life. Re-enter gradually aware that you’re in a different place with the issues than you were when you started.
The is the process for a walking meditation - try it out and allow your body and mind to connect.
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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Emergency Response program aims to reduce suffering, disease, and death in countries affected by natural disasters and complex emergencies. This foundation is one of the most helpful and innovative in the way they respond to international disasters and crises. Learn more about their efforts and see how you can help here.