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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 […]

Healing

The archetypal role of the physician, and by extension allied health professionals, has historically been cast as the healer. Healing however does not actually mean restoration of health.  This recasting of the health professional out of the role of the healer might create cognitive dissonance, until we explore the language of healing further. The NIH […]

Intention Setting

Intention setting is often confused with establishing a goal. Discerning the difference is an essential teaching because our intentions continually shape our reality; alternatively expressed as “we reap what we sow.”  Intention describes how we will BE in order to HAVE what we seek. Intention is oriented to the mechanics of the fulfillment of the […]

The When of Self-Compassion

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 […]

The What & How of Compassion

Life always calls for compassion! Generating compassion for family, friends 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 […]

Valuing Self Care

Self care is really an act of self -compassion….Rehearse your ABC’s to introduce yourself to the practicing self compassion:

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