"How do we change the world?
A single act involving love, faith and mutual support "
On Friday, September 9, 2011, the Tunisian public and the foreign community living in Tunisia were invited to attend a conference about unprecedented in modern medicine, traditional Chinese medicine and disciplines of personal development.
This dynamic and engaging
Conference was focused on bringing together the
expertise and experiences of Tai Chi and Qigong
researchers, practitioners of various discipline (such as energy healing,
meditation, moving meditation, and yoga, pilate…) educators, and
policy makers from around the world. During the
conference it was clearly explained how Tai Chi / Qigong,
as well as related mind-body practices, can be
used to address the global health crisis
associated with chronic disease and aging.
During the conference, we had people focusing on clinical or translational aspects related to the utilization of Tai Chi / Qigong
in clinical research environment; some others from community
health settings (hospitals, extended care
facilities, retirement communities, agencies); and workers from educational settings (elementary schools,
middle schools, high schools, and colleges), who came to explain their experience about how their discipline can help to improve human beings problem.
We must admit that for quite some time in Tunisia, we are witnessing the emergence of new disciplines of well-being and personal development disciplines who can be considered as a new communication space created by globalization and also the response to real need within this population.
We can only understand how important is this kind of event if we remember the socio-political context that surrounds the country and the entire sub-region? The different speakers admit that in their daily practice, they meet a lot of people with Stress problems, personal and psychological distress. We must be aware about “the butterfly effect” said Master ARIEL BETTI.
This historical meeting was marked by the participation of eminent personalities such as Dr. Xu of China, Master Bedis Zouiten who is one of the pioneers of the movement tai chi in Tunisia, the eminent Doctor Cherif Mazen expert in various martial arts, poet, and energy healer; Master Abdelaziz Mokhtari(aikido expert) who spoke about his work with children in need through the practice of aikido, Master Ariel Ondoua betti of the Republic of Cameroon who needs who is actually well known by his different actions in favor of the Chinese internal arts, Mr. David Santiago of the United States of America, who came to share with us about a new experience in Africa through the concept of tai chi,basketball he has led for already two years with surprising results, Mrs. Victoria Asamani professional coach and consultant in human resources who came to talk about the personal life management and how to deal with the professional reality in how daily life; and also the presence of a famous Sufi poet ... the level of debate and exchanges has been enhanced by the participation of personalities in the audience, which included Dr Ben M'Henni (general practitioner, practitioner of Chinese tradition medicine, osteopath ...); some Embasies people, workers of the African Development Bank (ADB), martial arts expert, teachers of the American school in Tunis, yoga and tai chi practitioners, many managers and professional staff of companies in tunisia, nutritionists, members of the Chinese, Canadian, French, cameroonian community in Tunisia.
The event ended at 11:30 p.m. with cocktails and group debate. Hopefully this event will be the first of many more. Already, the organizers give us an appointment for March 2012 with a bigger event. An article about the conference will be available soon in Tunisia Aikidomagazine.