Dhikr is a common self-care practice for many Syrian refugees, yet has been barely studied as a form of stress and PTSD relief. Yet, the repetition of prayers, and at times movements, shares many characteristics with other studied practices, including for potential effect on intra-group synchrony.
Outward Police Youth Challenge program has been designed to specifically reduce the negative perceptions that the two groups have about each other and help reduce the incidents of violence that occur between the two.
Rituals and spirituality were central in what became known as the Standing Rock movement. From dawn to dusk, the activists and their supporters took part in prayers. Constant rituals as well the practice of compassion played an important role as a core stabilizing force for the movement.
At a crucial point of the peace process in Sri Lanka, in 2006-2007, Sinhalese, Tamils, and Muslims gathered to meditate and practice compassion. Since then, inter-faith meditations have regularly been organized to support a trust challenged by extremist leaders igniting inter-religious tensions.
The Fundación para la Reconciliación has been working to create a training that supports individuals – both perpetrators and victims – and their communities in “forgiveness.” Rituals are a very important part of the process, to create and maintain a safe space, and support empathy and compassion.