Key points pertaining to the transitional life phase of family caregiver recovery

“My friends want me to go out with them, I need to find a job, and my home is a disaster. It’s been 6 months since my partner passed on. I was so busy taking care of him, lots of things just didn’t get done. I’m far behind on home maintenance, car maintenance, my own …

Integrating drumming and other contemplative practices

"When the drum stops, the stillness is palpable. Somehow with less sensory stimulation, we are more alert, more present, more in touch with our surroundings. And certainly more resilient to the overload of sensory stimulation that awaits us, ‘out there.’ "   – A contemplative drummer Although the general public might not consider drumming to be …

Six Ways to Get Centered, When Chaos Surrounds You

When spinning out of control, instinct guides you to grab onto whatever you can use to control the situation.  Why doesn’t this work? Well, controlling medical emergencies, workplace distress, current events, family drama, weather disasters, traffic jams, and the behavior of friends and colleagues just isn’t possible. There is so little you can actually control. …

Labyrinths of Love

“Be careful – watch for the others walking the labyrinth!” cautioned the mom of two preschoolers scampering across the labyrinth paths. It was a very large classic 7 circuit labyrinth  and the boys had been careful thus far. Truly I was enjoying their energy as they collected and arranged the fallen flowers found on the …

Room for Reflection

Time to reflect is often missing from a fast pace lifestyle.  Yet without reflection, self-awareness and conscious decision making slip by the wayside. Reflection is an opportunity to stop and think.  With practice your reflective process can be a profound opportunity to hear your wise inner voice.  With reflection, you can increase your awareness of …

Helping long term care residents with dementia feel calm, safe and happy

Dementia can be distressing to residents experiencing it as well as to their caregivers. While you can’t know what having dementia is like without the personal experience, and who wants that, you can often see visual signs of stress, anxiety, confusion, anger, and frustration. A safe and calm environment contributes to the quality of life …

Reiki in A Long-Term Care Environment

“Your hands are so warm; they feel so good.  It feels soft.  I feel good all over!”  What’s this?  In a long term care center?  It’s Reiki! At Mary Immaculate Nursing/Restorative Care Center, Inc. in Lawrence, Massachusetts residents may receive Reiki through a grant funded activities program called, “Beyond Bingo.”  Initially begun to provide activity …