Gerald Vest - Category: Thoughts    
 Universal Declaration of Human Rights2 comments
picture9 Sep 2006 @ 15:04
Looking at the human predicament, we may not know whether to laugh or cry. Tarthang Tulku,Knowledge of Freedom

There is no better time than the present to review and pass on these Human Rights to your children and others. I know that even my young grandchildren enjoy discussing some of these freedoms and expressing what these universal rights mean to them. As free spirits it is hard for them to understand how anyone would treat another human being with such disrespect and disregard as we see in the world around us and on tv. My grandaughter asks: "Why don't people share and get along with one another, Papa?" As a family and as adults we can demonstrate how human beings can be kind, loving, and nourishing. In other words, we must 'practice what we teach.'

Do discuss these Human Rights with friends, colleagues and others so that everyone realizes that we must treat everyone with respect. Treating others as loving brothers and sisters and knowing that we are one body,one mind and one spirit, allows us to develop dignity and to naturally treat ourselves with the same respect and loving kindness.

In the Preamble of this Universal Declaration of Human Rights states:

Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.

Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscious of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been prclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people

Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resourt, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law.

Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations.

Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,

Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,

Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction."

Note: See, Articles 1-30[link]  More >

 Update on Safe, Skillful, Loving Touch with Elders17 comments
picture7 May 2006 @ 15:20
What’s happening with our 15-Minute StressOut Program with Elders? An Update -

We are generating interest, relaxation and support for our Las Cruces Health Promotion Team with Elders. During the past 2 weeks, our organization has given over 100 individual ‘stressouts’ with elders in 3 of our health settings. Our New Mexico State University, social work students, senior volunteers, staff members of Munson Senior Center and Home Based Services, joined with us in giving healthy, loving touch with our elders.

It is very ‘touching’, pun intended, to observe and experience the relief of stress, anxiety and depression of our elders who participate in our weekly chair type massage programs given in our community centers also offering diabetes testing and blood pressure exams. Professional students enrolled in my course on “Social Work Practice with Elders” have contributed greatly to this effort and have learned to incorporate safe, loving touch and integrative health practices into their professional practice with this population. [link]

I have enjoyed giving our ‘stressout program’ to elders as well. All of our participants have evaluated their experience as positive and relaxing and most have returned for a second massage. Because of the huge response to this program, it is necessary for us to do more recruitment for healthy elders and other volunteers to administer the program and meet the demands for the service. For example, during the next few months, we will be giving demonstrations in co-op food services, social clubs, public schools, university classes and other resources.

As a global touch project designed with our New Civilization Network, I appreciate the feedback and messages of support from our members. Thank you.  More >