Mindfulness in Arabic

(light music) – I’m Juditta Ben David
and I’m the director of Mindfulness in Arabic
project which we call MIA, and I’m a psychotherapist. I’ve been coming from a long journey in the body-oriented psychotherapy and trauma therapy, but that out of that came through my work
with refugees in Turkey and the work that I did in South Africa and Ireland in a group that Nadia and me are connected to, the Toa group, we decided that it would
be very good to translate to Arabic all of the
Mindfulness information and with the trauma
informed, trauma focused angle to it so that we are
giving it in very small amounts and that it is also cultural sensitive. – My name is Nadia, I’m
a Palestinian Israeli. I start my first touch with
Mindfulness a few years ago when I met Juditta in a
project that we did together with the non-violence communication. I come from a education,
special education background, alternative medicine and
self-awareness and meditation. Also since meeting MIA start
I start as a volunteer, translating from English to Arabic or from Hebrew to Arabic,
and in less than a month I’m the project manager
with the support of Juditta and Rael and all the team
that work in this issue. What I see that important,
to bring this project and to put it online as soon as possible ’cause I see how much
it’s important to bring even a little bit of
support and what I see from this project would be big support not only a little bit
of support to refugees, especially as a daughter of refugees and I know what it is to be a refugee and the process that you
need pass with yourself and to heal your wounds
and to support others, not only for yourself. And from place I really
would like to see it soon and as Juditta said, and
also to make the course for train trainers to find
people that they can support in their own language,
especially in Arabic. From my work in field,
and as a one that come from the Arabic culture I see how much it’s important to bring it
in their mother language. This brings such a lot of ease to connect with their selves and their feelings. – One more thing that I would like really to put an emphasis on is that
we’re an international team and we have people in
Turkey and people in London and people in Iraq and
people from The West Bank that are supporting us, and
even we had a connection now and a volunteer from Gaza, so the interest is really multi-national and the need is probably there. This MIA, the Mindfulness
in Arabic project actually stemmed out of another project that we did, Nadia, Nizam and me for cross cultural women groups and that was a delightful
meeting of cultures and faiths and we brought in non-violent
communication, mindfulness and also trauma emotional skills, like first aid emotional skills, and in those groups we felt
that there was a coming together there was an understanding,
because we came back to basic ingredients of
our fears here actually and went beyond some belief systems about the politics actually, not belief systems of the faith. It’s so like, oh wow, this is, these are so like, shared
experiences in the humanity, as human beings, as women
and that was very clear so I think that also this work, so like clarifies that in a way. It brings it back to our
organism, our nervous system. – Both of us we are from
different backgrounds and we are sitting together
in such a crazy place that what the world know that we live in a conflict and in a war. I just grow up, with a wonderful mum, that she was traumatized by the war. And home, what I learned that we respect and value each person as a human being and not because of his background, if she’s a Muslin Christian or a Jewish or whatever he is or any
culture that he come, respect him as a human being first. And this is something
that I grew up with it and never I heared my
mum talking about the war or the stories or what’s happening in ’48 to my family with anger. She always talked about it with patient and she said, “This is the story, “this is what happened, and
you have to know about it, “but you have to live right now, “you have to move in in you’re life.” And for me to sit here with Juditta is something normal for me, and I think with mindfulness and
non-violence communication we can bring a lot of healing to person that had trauma, and
specially from this place that yes, it’s live in a conflict, that we have this
experience of our own home, of our own story that’s it’s good work. Yes, there is a process of
healing and it’s possible. – And we’ve been working along for maybe two or three years already so you know, we went through quite a
lot of terrorist attacks and the war in Gaza and we
had to speak about it together between us as well so that we can continue to work together.
– Yes. – And still respect each
other and that’s really, – It’s not which political ideas you have, which political term you follow. At the end we are human
being and we treat each other as a human being and not
as a Jewish and as a Arab. – And I think that’s where our political– – Yes.
– Also stems from. And we’re really for human beings. – Yes to be for human
being and not for Arabs or Jews or any other nationality, to be for a human being. (light music)

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