Entries by cvandemark

You are a Happening!

Recall that the act of compassion begins first with recognizing suffering is happening, then responding to relieve it.  Here, now in the midst of the disruption of our lives by the corona-virus is an opportune time for noticing your suffering is likely to be present. Using your body-mind as a laboratory, notice the breadth of […]

Cultivating Compassion with G.R.A.C.E

Life always calls for compassion! Generating compassion for patients, family and community when we are all in this time of disruption may be more challenging than usual. Humanitarian, author and Zen Buddhist scholar Roshi Joan Halifax describes the following four conditions as a map for creating compassion: the capacity to attend to the experience of […]

Cultivating Compassion: The R in G.R.A.C.E.

The how of compassion can be generated using the acronym of G.R.A.C.E.: gather attention, recall intention, attune to self and other, consider what will serve, engage and end. Simple practices for gathering attention and attuning to oneself to become fully present to our experiences have been presented previously. Recall attention is gathered by developing these […]

Cultivating Compassion: The E in G.R.A.C.E.

The acronym of G.R.A.C.E. described by Roshi Joan Halifax provides us with a map for generating compassion: gather attention, recall intention, attune to self and other, consider what will serve, engage and end.  To know when to engage and end, it is helpful to check in with your ANS (Autonomic Nervous System). Your ANS regulates whether […]

Cultivating Compassion: The A & C in G.R.A.C.E.

From the work of Roshi Joan Halifax, the acronym G.R.A.C.E is a tool for cultivating compassion.  It  calls for us to gather attention, recall intention, attune to self and other, consider what will serve, engage and end. Last month’s topic focused on the R/recalling intention as how to BE in order to support that which […]

Is Your Self-Care Happening?

Mindfulness is often defined as paying attention in the present moment without judgement. If you have practiced this, you likely have become aware of a rather continuous flow of sensations and feelings that  happen within you, around you and between you and others. Happenings are phenomena; observable occurrences. It is a mindful form of play […]

Exploring the Self in Self-care

This blog entry invites us to engage in contemplative practice with the notion of the “self” we are caring for in our present scope of self-care. Working with the universal constant of change, begin by adopting a perspective of oneself as a continually changing happening in your inner, outer and other environments. Every breath, every […]

Joyful Enoughness

Self-acceptance and self-love are an expression of our innate loving nature, our essential goodness as human beings. Pause daily from all of the doing. Let out a long yummy sigh, making room for contentment. Allow a heartfelt knowing that you are enough and that you have done enough for now.  All your doings have brought […]

Face Fear

Fear is a natural part of life. Without it, we would not have evolved as a species. Fear is a powerful motivator and instructive, as long as we become aware of what we are fearing, when we are fearing it, how fear feels in our body and how it is directly influencing our behavior. Fear […]

Furry Friend Love

No matter what kind of day you have, your furry friend is there to greet you at the end of it. Furry friends offer us love, company and comfort. Petting them is a two-way exchange. As humans, we thrive on touch. So take 5 to be fully present with your furry friend(s). Soak up and […]