From the Editor, Azita Berenjian, MBA
I am delighted to introduce you to Gina de la Chesnaye.
Gina is a key faculty in numerous organizations in the mental health, human rights, and contemplative-based trauma and resiliency fields. Gina has had a long career in spearheading the use of mind-body practices to heal those affected by trauma, whether in refugee camps, in detention centers, or in residential incarceration sites in the US.
When I read Gina’s article and watched her video, I was filled with humility, and a deep sense of awe at her achievements. The first thing that struck me was her compassion and devotion to all those that she has worked with. Her leadership in teaching caregivers the magical healing powers of Mind-Body practices has opened the door for an ever-increasing number of indigenous practitioners. In addition to providing background to the video, Gina’s article is replete with resources for those who want to learn more on the importance and effectiveness of contemplative practices. The video is a testament to the power of Mind-Body practices in bringing peace and calm to those ravaged by cruelty in Africa. The video shows Gina, calm, open, accepting, empathic and full of love and devotion, working to make a better world.
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