Tsunami Update

I had written about Tsunami and the work being done by Art of Living volunteers here. Now comes Katrina and Rita on the other side of the world. Before I share an update from the Art Of Living, here is a very interesting discussion in The Miami Herald with Teresa Descilo from the Victims Services Center. She talks about the outcome of AOL courses in helping people cope with the trauma.

The data are awesome. There’s a course
they’ve been doing with tsunami victims suffering from post-traumatic
stress disorder and depression that takes in breath work and meditation
and yoga. At the end of the course, their symptoms had almost been
reduced by half. Another group also got traumatic-incident resolution,
and again there was a very significant drop in symptoms — nightmares,
sleeplessness, terror of going near the water, which is a drag when you
live in a fishing village.

Meanwhile, half way across the world, volunteers from the foundation are getting ready to support those traumatized by Katrina. Here is a letter from the presidents of IAHV and AOLF regarding the same.

Dear Friends and Family,

The board and staff at both the Art of Living Foundation and the 
International Association for Human Values join with all Americans in expressing our deepest sympathy and concern for the victims of Hurricane 
Katrina. The destruction and flooding in New Orleans and all the 
cities and communities along the Gulf coast are almost beyond comprehension. 
Nature’s power continues to humble and surprise us, but in its wake 
are countless acts of courage and compassion that are such powerful human 
values. So many have dropped their social, religious and racial 
identities to become one single human family determined to help their kin. Amid 
the tears of sadness are tears of victory and pride.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the millions of people who have 
lost loved ones, homes and livelihoods. We see numerous organizations responding with first aid and physical relief for which we 
encourage all of you to express your compassion by supporting them. 
The AOLF and the IAHV boards, seeing this outpouring for physical relief, have 
decided to concentrate our support in trauma relief where we know 
that we have programs that are unique and powerful. An aspect of such a crisis 
that is often overlooked is the
emotional and psychological 
trauma that usually results in depression and post-traumatic stress disorder 
(PTSD) . these are the real destroyers of human dignity and life. 
The Art of Living Foundation programs are particularly useful in treating these 
conditions without medication and costly therapy, so in partnership 
with IAHV, we are sending teachers into the
damaged areas and setting up 
free trauma-relief programs to teach people the tools they need to 
deal with their devastation. Here is a chance for you to make this available for 
those traumatized by Katrina. The impact is immediate and the 
results last a lifetime. IAHV is handling the donations so please make even 
a small donation at www.iahv.org , or to contribute 
your time
traumatized by Katrina. The impact is immediate and the \r\n results last a lifetime. IAHV is handling the donations so please make even \r\n a small donation at http://www.iahv.org , or to contribute \r\n your time contact your local Satsang group. Remember how you felt the day \r\n after you learned Kriya and multiply that by 10 . that is the \r\n relief so common in people who are so severely shaken.

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Though this seems less direct, our local satsangs, courses and \r\n service activities raise the consciousness of the whole country, and also \r\n keep our own consciousness strong. Make satsang your anchor. This is the \r\n best thing you can do for yourself, your community and our leaders. \r\n We need to move our faith from bricks, mortar and levies to our true strength, \r\n our spirit. Be regular with your Kriya . this is the key to a life \r\n where trauma won\’t knock you off balance.

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Here in Texas we have been working with the displaced in ways \r\n ranging from assisting the physically challenged to change clothes or \r\n attend meals to offering Breath, Water, Sound to simply listening to the \r\n trials and stories. We are finding that these folks are longing to \r\n be uplifted in spirit-have their human value and human values reawakened. \r\n We have the tools and presence to do this.

\r\n

There are always local ways to respond to a disaster of this \r\n magnitude. Here in Los Angeles, we\’ve just had a large citywide mahakriya \r\n breathing session. At the end of the event we announced our local version \r\n of the AOLF run and walk for youth where the proceeds of the event \r\n will help fund programs for kids who have been displaced and relocated as a \r\n result of hurricane Katrina. Nationally, during the month of \r\n October, AOLF run for youth is planned in 29 cities along with a four-city IAHV \r\n fundraising concert tour by Pandit Jasraj -Indian classical music legend.”,1]
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//–>contact your local Satsang group. Remember how you felt the day 
after you learned Kriya and multiply that by 10 . that is the 
relief so common in people who are so severely shaken.

Though this seems less direct, our local satsangs, courses and 
service activities raise the consciousness of the whole country, and also keep our own consciousness strong. Make satsang your anchor. This is the 
best thing you can do for yourself, your community and our leaders. 
We need to move our faith from bricks, mortar and levies to our true strength, 
our spirit. Be regular with your Kriya . this is the key to a life 
where trauma won’t knock you off balance.

Here in Texas we have been working with the displaced in ways 
ranging from assisting the physically challenged to change clothes or attend meals to offering Breath, Water, Sound to simply listening to the 
trials and stories. We are finding that these folks are longing to be uplifted in spirit-have their human value and human values reawakened. 
We have the tools and presence to do this.

There are always local ways to respond to a disaster of this 
magnitude. Here in Los Angeles, we’ve just had a large citywide mahakriya breathing session. At the end of the event we announced our local version 
of the AOLF run and walk for youth where the proceeds of the event 
will help fund programs for kids who have been displaced and relocated as a 
result of hurricane Katrina. Nationally, during the month of 
October, AOLF run for youth is planned in 29 cities along with a four-city IAHV 
fundraising concert tour by Pandit Jasraj -Indian classical music legend.
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God works in mysterious ways. He constantly gives us love and \r\n challenges. We encourage you, in Sri Sri\’s words, to continue to "grow, \r\n contribute and enjoy." We are always given solutions to our problems \r\n before they occur; we just need to pray for the wisdom to see them \r\n and the courage to use them.

\r\n

Sincerely,

\r\n

Dean \r\n Harmison \r\n John Osborne

\r\n

President President

\r\n

International Association For Human \r\n Values \r\n \r\n Art of Living Foundation

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IAHV U.S.: 4520 \r\n Fessenden St. NW, Washington DC, 20016; Tel: 202-363-2136 Fax: 202-363-2754 \r\n e-mail: usa@iahv.org

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IAHV Headquarters: \r\n PO Box 2091, CH-1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland; Tel +41-22-738-2888 e-mail: europe@iahv.org

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http://www.iahv.org

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God works in mysterious ways. He constantly gives us love and 
challenges. We encourage you, in Sri Sri’s words, to continue to "grow, contribute and enjoy." We are always given solutions to our problems 
before they occur; we just need to pray for the wisdom to see them and the courage to use them.

Sincerely,

Dean 
Harmison
International Association For Human 
Values

John Osborne
Art of Living Foundation

IAHV U.S.: 4520 
Fessenden St. NW, Washington DC, 20016; Tel: 202-363-2136 Fax: 202-363-2754 
e-mail: usa@iahv.org

IAHV Headquarters: 
PO Box 2091, CH-1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland; Tel +41-22-738-2888 e-mail: europe@iahv.org


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