15 August 2016
From the collective support in moving away from isolation, to empowerment in overcoming obstacles. José María Doria y Xema Toribio tackle mental and spiritual pathologies from two perspectives in the Social Forum.
From the forest to the tree. This is the proposal set out by José María Doria, the writer, mentor and current president of the School of Transpersonal Development and of the Transpersonal Foundation at the Social Forum on Monday 15th; Perosnal or social pathologies? Heal your mind and spirit. A Social Forum that played with these ideas, arriving at two related points: Mental health as a right and life-saver, as well as our own capacity to take charge of what is to come.
Speaking about how to wake up and to become aware, and in this way, to acquire a development that marks a change in the whole of this forest, Doria affirmed: “Changing the world is possible and will come from within and from outside”. He is an advocate of personal development as the main weapon to continue to create conscious and aware beings, who have the capacity to respect and become aware and who can create a state of silence in their minds allowing them to observe: “To work at being the best version of oursevles”.
The other speaker was José María Toribio Sahuquillo, a psychologist and coordinator of Psychologists Without Borders, which was recently concentrating their efforts to help people facing or going through eviction, working shoulder to shoulder with PAH (Platform for people affected by mortgages), who were also present at the debate. Toribio woke the mortgage monster in the Social Forum, setting out the harrowing psychological consequences when on occasions, devastating wounds can be left in people. They proposed a fight concentrating on people trying to regain control of their lives and leave isolation. This means committing to psycho-social help as a cooperation project. Starting from this point, Psychologists Without Borders work on four levels: 1. Information and orientation; 2. Social and legal resources; 3. Crisis intervention; and 4. Psychological treatment of individuals and families.
One thing has become clear, either collectively or individually or both, we must lift those in need rather than let them fall.