"I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become."
-- Carl Jung
Bianzhong (Chinese bells)
Bianzhong (pronounced [pi̯ɛ́n t͡ʂʊ́ŋ]) is an ancient Chinese musical instrument consisting of a set of bronze bells, played melodically. They are also called Chime Bells.
Team decision-making follows a spectrum of agreement, which can be simple or complex. These activities help people learn how to do it. For more details, see The Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making.
FaciliTater is a T-American app that provides a number of tools for consensus and other participatory decision-making processes. One of these lets people log their level of support for an idea. This can be done with numbers, words, faces, a spectrum bar, or scrolling through single screens. The latter two are easiest for people with dexterity issues. The mascot of the app is a cartoon potato.
Trauma survivors benefit from support by friends and family, so watch for signs of struggling. Know how to comfort an upset friend or stranger. Taking a break and crying it out are both valid ways of handling stress, but applicable to different moods or situations. Here are some helpful thoughts for trying times.
Horrible experiences often cause flashbacks or other intrusive thoughts. Understand how to get through a flashback or manage intrusive ideas. There are ways to help a friend with these stress symptoms too.
Torture produces terrible long-term effects. Torture survivors often have difficulty recovering, even with help. There are ways to recover from torture and help trauma survivors.
It's important to accept people as they are. Trauma survivors especially need acceptance and validation, because sometimes they just are not okay. Know how to accept people and validate their feelings.
Chinese lunch foods include fruit such as Chinese plums or lychees, Long Soup, Sticky Rice, and Iced Green Tea.