Substitute caregivers: respite when family caregivers need a break

Calm and centered caregiver series      Family caregivers, do you need someone to substitute for you? If you take care of a loved one who cannot care for themselves, ‘respite’ is the official name for help so you can take a break.  Even if you find caregiving to be a blessing, research indicates family …

Respite relief from compassion fatigue

Calm and centered caregiver series      Family caregivers, do you need a break? Your dedication to your loved one is amazing, and caregiving is rewarding. But perhaps you are feeling restless, irritable, oversensitive, anxious, angry, or resentful. Or are you experiencing headaches, digestive problems like diarrhea, constipation, upset stomach, sleep disturbances, or even cardiac …

Get with the beat: drumming for well-being

Drumming is cultural, spiritual, playful, and healing.  What an extraordinary statement from a child of the 1970’s.  For me, the word “drumming’ used to evoke memories of rock and roll drum solos; the outcome of which was usually ringing ears and angry parents.   Now I recognize drumming as a modality used in complementary and alternative …

Contemplative Practices, FAQs

We have such a wealth of words in the English language, and yet the perfect term often eludes us. Such was the case for me. I’ve been searching for a label that accurately describes my passion for the many ways of finding inner peace. This group of ‘exercises’ are more than relaxing, perhaps spiritual but not related to a particular religion, certainly holistic, and including many practices, not just meditation.