Mon Jun 25th, 2007 at 08:24:56 AM EST
As some of you know, I am researching the issue of ,,resilience" (with resilience being a concept that relates to the ability of a person to withstand adversity, an internal process involving strength and flexibility - which some are now referring to as ,,positive psychology"), and I came across this quote that caught my eye:
A relevant aspect of enhancing resilience (in individuals) includes the experience of a strong sense of cohesion between community members, and strong community educational, political and religious support"
Now I found this quote in the context of doing research on the children who survived the terrorist attack on a school in Beslan, North Ossetia (and the quote was from ,,Narratives from caregivers of children surviving the terrorist attack in Beslan: Issues of health, culture and resilience", by Moscardino, Axia, Scrimin & Capello, in ,,Social Science and Medicine" vol 64, 2007, p 1776-1787). But my interests go beyond children surviving traumatic experiences, and includes my general interest in the idea of how to enhance strength and flexibility in anyone's life. And specifically, I was struck how this could also apply to the development of the ,,European Tribune Community" . Follow me below...
From the diaries - afew
We have had a lot of great photos and comments made in various threads over the last week, about the latest Euro Trib meetup in Paris, and I just wanted to give my narrative to the whole experience (and yours are welcomed too).
The whole weekend in Paris flowed by quite quickly, and as often happens when there is a large group of people, I didn't get to have too many in-depth conversations with individuals, trying to meet and say hello to as many folks as I could. Nevertheless, I was able to have a few more in-depth conversations and spend some more quality time with folks (to mention a few: Metatone, LEP and his wife, Metavision, someone, Colman & Sam), that for me were very powerful. I felt in alternating ways supported, supporting, connected and fascinated. And it was a lot of fun!! We had an awesome tour of Montmartre on Friday night (with two bistro crawls to boot), a big lunch gathering on Saturday day, then a Seine boat ride by a good sized group afterwords, ending up in the originally planned meetup bistro that evening (which I personally really enjoyed!!). We partied,, but we also met an awesome group of individuals, and had an incredible number of fascinating conversations!!
And, connecting back to the above idea of how ,,the experience of a strong sense of cohesion between community members enhances an individuals resilience" and vice-versa, I found myself quite feeling quite energized and empowered by the meetup. I feel like I am personally seeing some new perspectives that support letting go of some things that have been realy bugging me, and these are helping me to start to move forward with a better attitude. And it was about connection and support. I hope I wasn't the only one...but at least I can say this happened for me...and it has been very powerful! I do believe I feel a renewed sense of connection and energy in the community too...and so I believe some resilience has been enhanced in the community too.
Well...I will leave it at that for the moment...but I am left with a feeling for our little but growing ET community: that it is a very good thing...that even has the potential power to heal and transform individuals and the community. Of course this is a matter of individual intent and experience, but I believe a lot of strange and wonderful things can happen to a person and a community - if they are open to it!
I guess its hard to put in words...but I am so impressed with this randomly/synchronistically organized anarchic community! What an awesome group of people you are! Cheers to all!