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Taking reflection a step further...

I love this stimulating, challenging and inspiring input by Richard Rohr: 

"We are told that St. Francis used to spend whole nights praying the same prayer: “Who are you, O God? And who am I?” Evelyn Underhill claims it’s almost the perfect prayer. The abyss of your own soul and the abyss of the nature of God have opened up, and you are falling into both of them simultaneously. Now you are in a new realm of Mystery and grace, where everything good happens!"


Taking the time to reflect on this question is both liberating and humbling. It's a way to cleanse the mind and put my immediate experiences, fears, hopes and ego into a healthy perspective. 


Bern in Sommer 2012


Gender based Violence in PNG

I am doing some research for the new NGO we are launching which will focus on gender based violence. 


I came accross this page which really shows disturbing facts from PNG. 




UNICEF strives to help Papua New Guinea break cycle of violence

NEW YORK, USA, 14 August 2008 – UNICEF is at the forefront of a nationwide effort to end domestic and gender-based violence in Papua New Guinea.



Namibia in Nov 2011


Coping with pain

If you have chronic pain, it may be hard to imagine life without anxiety. Constantly being in pain is stressful, and can lead to feelings of fear, helplessness and despair. Feeling bleak about the future of your chronic pain condition? Then keep reading... I have been suffering various degrees of pain since many years and have learnt some small tips and aids to get through the nights and days....


Learning to Cope

Effective coping strategies can impact your pain. Coping strategies give you a sense of control over your pain, even when it is intense. Anxiety can intensify feelings of pain and disability, so it important to come to terms with your condition. Regaining control of your situation can help lower your stress. Learning to cope with your chronic pain can reduce your anxiety, putting you back in the driver’s seat.

While coping strategies won’t necessarily take your pain away, they can help you get it to a level that you can deal with. At the very least, they help keep your pain from getting worse due to pain anxiety. Some potentially effective coping strategies include acceptance, mindfulness and value-based actions.


Accepting Pain - Accepting Your Diagnosis

Accepting pain is not easy. It may even feel like giving in. Learning to accept your chronic pain condition may take a long time, especially if you are still in the griefing stage. However, acceptance is the first step in letting your anxieties go. Here are a few ways to get started.


  • I keep a pain journal. The written word is powerful. Sometimes writing about how you feel, including your anxieties, gives you a greater sense of control over your pain condition. No matter what goes through your head, write it down and get it out of your system.
  • Talk about your pain. When you have chronic pain, one of the worst things you can do is pretend you aren’t in pain. Don’t worry about what other people will think: Be honest about your chronic pain. This includes not only being honest with others, but being honest with yourself. This is a hard thing for me to do because many people "unfortunately" can't listen. So instead of me sharing about pain I often have to listen to other peoples stories of coping with pain, their tips and tricks etc...
  • Get your grief out. Grieving is a natural part of having chronic pain... Do what you need to do to get it out. Cry. Get angry. Hit a pillow. Feel sad. Once you are done, however, you need to move on. Yes, you have chronic pain. Yes, it stinks. No, it isn’t fair. But getting stuck in the grief stage will not help your pain, and can cause even more anxiety.

More to follow...