Compassion – it keeps the heart of caring alive in caregiving.

A caregiving role within our family invites us into the flow of care and compassion. Perhaps we are at our best in the role when we give ourselves permission to balance the constant giving with openness to receiving some care and kindness ourselves, where-ever and whenever that shows up. Brene Brown’s research in America exploredContinue reading “Compassion – it keeps the heart of caring alive in caregiving.”

SESSION#6 – “Talking about Caring – Family Carers in Conversation”

The theme for our conversation in this Zoom session on 8th July was Creative Caring We talked about how the family carer role is an opportunity to be C R E A T I V E in so many ways. Admittedly, when super busy it may seem easier to let go of our creative hobbiesContinue reading “SESSION#6 – “Talking about Caring – Family Carers in Conversation””

SESSION#5 – “Talking about Caring – Family Carers in Conversation”

The theme for conversation in our Zoom session on 1st July was Sustainable Caring…. Today we discussed whether it is important for the carer role to be sustainable and what we can do to keep it sustainable. Current definitions of sustainability usually link to global environmental care…which we found applicable to family caring too reallyContinue reading “SESSION#5 – “Talking about Caring – Family Carers in Conversation””

SESSION#4 – “Talking about Caring – Family Carers in Conversation”

As promised, in our Zoom session on 24th June we got to discuss Do-able Caring. It was fascinating to hear about the variety of things we each do to support our family members who require additional care. These things relate to the strengths and the needs of the people we are each caring for.  TheContinue reading “SESSION#4 – “Talking about Caring – Family Carers in Conversation””

SESSION#3 – “Talking about Caring – Family Carers in Conversation”.

In session 3 of our conversational series we talked about Compassionate Caring.  By definition compassion is an awareness – awareness of the suffering of other people and living things around us, combined with the desire to relieve that suffering.  Being aware of suffering is not a comfortable feeling – and of course it can beContinue reading “SESSION#3 – “Talking about Caring – Family Carers in Conversation”.”

SESSION#2 – “Talking about Caring – Family Carers in Conversation”.

Our theme for this conversation on Wednesday 10 June 2020 was “The Art and Science of Caring”.  In this conversation we discussed information about how human neuroplasticity is a valuable asset for everyone including those of us in the family carer role.  We learn from our experiences and over time we can establish skills andContinue reading “SESSION#2 – “Talking about Caring – Family Carers in Conversation”.”

SESSION#1 – “Talking about Caring – Family Carers in Conversation”

With the arrival of wintry June this conversational series commenced from the warmth of our own homes. In our first session we discovered that it is indeed lovely to connect from the comfort of our own homes and yet be able to talk face to face via the online Zoom app.  Our conversational theme forContinue reading “SESSION#1 – “Talking about Caring – Family Carers in Conversation””

Go Admire and Get Inspired – at SALA: South Australian Living Artists Festival

So often the work of great artists of history are accompanied with the tale of anonymity in life, and fame after death.  What a lovely thing it is then to have an annual Living Artists Festival here in South Australia. Each year throughout the month of August our state comes alive with the work ofContinue reading “Go Admire and Get Inspired – at SALA: South Australian Living Artists Festival”

Community Wellbeing in Winter

How tempting it can be in winter to stay inside in the warmth of our own homes! And yet heading out to participate in positive community events, can warm us from the inside out! Or at least that has been my experience of late. Last weekend Elizabeth and I from NOW Leadership Inc went toContinue reading “Community Wellbeing in Winter”