"Caring for others requires caring for oneself."

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14th Dalai Lama

About this Course

This four-week course is designed for all caregivers; anyone engaged in supporting others in their daily lives. It offers a reflective and supportive environment to explore the dynamics of caregiving, focusing on the interplay between compassion, self-awareness, and how we meet the challenges that can arise in the role of a helper.

Week 1: Empathy and Natural Compassion - Understanding Our Role as Helpers

In the first week, participants will explore the concepts of empathy and natural compassion, exploring their differences and how they influence their role as caregivers. The session will include a blend of meditation, teachings, and group reflections, fostering an understanding of the mind and heart's roles in our decisions to help.

Week 2: Who is Helping? Intention and Motivation in Caregiving

The second week focuses on self-inquiry about the person who is also a caregiver. Participants will examine their intentions and motivations, discerning between their roles and their true self. This session encourages contemplation on expectations, gratifications, and the outcomes of caregiving, offering insights into the concept of the 'Helping Prison' and how to navigate it.

Week 3: Exhaustion, Burnout, and Anger - Understanding and Managing Caregiver Stress

The third week examines common emotional challenges of caregiving, such as Exhaustion, Burnout, and Anger. The session will explore the roots of these feelings and offer tools for maintaining balance in both personal and caregiving roles. It emphasizes the importance of mindfulness practices in managing these challenges and sustaining well-being.

Week 4: Does a Bodhisattva Need a Vacation? Balancing Self-Care with Service

In the final week, participants will engage in a thought-provoking exploration of self-care in the context of caregiving. A Bodhisattva is a person who is wholeheartedly dedicated to helping others. The question, "Does a Bodhisattva need a vacation?" serves as a focal point for discussing the importance of self-care, even in a life devoted to helping others. This session will integrate reflections from the entire course, helping participants find a sustainable balance between service and self-nurturing.

Details:

4 Wednesday Evenings | Feb 14, Feb 21, Feb 28, Mar 6
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm (CT)
Rooted In Mindfulness and Zoom online
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Suggested Donation: $125

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