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Order of St. Stanislas


The world of the Deaf people


Project: "Meditation and Taiji for the deaf people"

Why is there a need for such a project?

In daily life, walk hard of hearing a lot of frustration. These are mainly situated in the area of communication. There are plenty of examples, just think of bad info on the desk, a bad buy because the deaf client was not properly understood ... Deaf and hearing can not spontaneously take a phone call to rectify this. Of course there are options such as a telephone interpreter, but this is through certain procedures. Because the call should be requested and only between 9 and 19 can take place, it is useless for urgent issues or spontaneous conversations. A simple doctor's visit because of a flu or cold, it is often only basic information through notes exchanged and one does not elaborate on root causes. That saddled the hearing impaired with doubts about the right medication or diagnosis. Even the subtitle of certain television programs, there is cause for dismay: Some programs are not subtitled, others are incomplete subtitled which information is missing. When people feel frustrated, it's good to talk about. Hearing people can, like most hard of hearing, ventilate with their partner. But the circle of people where people can go, hearing is much larger. How often they express their feelings through a chat with a colleague or neighbor? The step towards professional guidance is in the hearing world today is much smaller. A profound discussion with your physician, psychologist or psychiatrist can do well. At the hearing impaired, we feel that this sector is still very accessible and dives again the problem of whether or not the time to find an interpreter.

All small frustrations that accumulate every day ...

What is meditation?

Meditation is an alternative way to handle your daily frustrations to go. It does not solve your problems but you learn a different approach. If you repeatedly encounter incomprehension and this makes you powerless, your mind is affected. Pessimistic thoughts haunt your head and make you angry, sad and dejected. Meditation tries to free your mind of your frustrations with new courage back so you can get to work. Through exercises you get back positive energy, which you quickly notice a difference. Often, people see only what is disappointing or failed. Meditation expands your mind so you all the beauty around you do not lose sight. That is our intention with this project: That all deaf and hearing impaired the opportunity of using simple exercises to experience more positive energy. That they realize that meditation is "food for thought" is an indispensable element in a healthy lifestyle. The image many have of meditation, people with eyes closed in a lotus position, we want to break this project. It is our intention to fully adapt to the needs and demands of the hearing impaired. We start with a visual approach and give meditation exercises tailored to the hearing impaired.

What is Taiji Ji for the deaf world?

Taiji is a 6000 year old and proven form of moving and stationary postures that seek a balance between both hemispheres. Taiji relaxes the whole body and mind by the very specific and deep knowledge and use of the meridian doctrine, joints and especially the "empty energy", the art with a complete peace of mind to move. Even more to the deaf world than any other, taiji is appropriate and an extraordinary way to unlock, so that both the cramped muscles and joints, obtained by fears and nervose, solve, and also the mind and emotions calm down. Taiji can both children and adults followed. What taiji certainly, along with meditation, reached a clearer and stronger image of the individual in society and a quieter and more accurate responses. Internal taiji and meditation bring a deeper and faster acceptance of realities and immediate processing by the specific techniques used. The ultimate goal will be a world of deaf people in our society, with less systematically repressed emotions and unresolved questions. Taiji and meditation masters are always accessible to the deaf participants and are accompanied by a psychological therapist and if necessary supported by a doctor.

What we want to achieve?

Our intention is to put together a curriculum around meditation for the hearing impaired. We are looking at existing practices and teachings, testing them out and adjust them if necessary,. In this way we make material tailored to our audience. We certainly do not want negative judgment on the material currently used in the hearing world. We note only that we are each in a different way in the world are. Thus, the experiences of deaf and hearing impaired based largely on visual impressions and we also use in our lessons. Hearing, that can include custom music through their entertainment reach. We are already with some deaf people on a pilot project. We applied some meditation exercises and their reactions were very positive. Many said they had come with false expectations. Their idea was mostly based around meditation on the 'traditional' approach and hearing. Our modified version was evident in the taste and are looking forward to a sequel. These include the reason why we want this project to continue. It gives us a framework for quality material to develop and support us in finding suitable areas. We would like the project open to anyone who wishes to work with.