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Mindfulness and Love In Your Role As A Caregiver

By: Gail R. Mitchell

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Mother Teresa said, “It is not how much we do, but how much love we put into doing it. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put into the giving.”
Your intentions in caring for your loved one are very important. If you have been thrown into this role, there most likely wasn’t enough time to really think about clarifying your intentions. 

Some of the immediate issues most caregivers concern themselves with are:
Where do I begin?

How can I give my loved one the quality care he/she needs?

Where do I find out more information about their condition?

Does my loved one need another consultation?

How do I juggle my work with caring for them?

These are just a few of the questions that pop up immediately when you become a caregiver in an instant as the result of their diagnosis. While these issues are priorities there are others at hand, which sometimes get overlooked by many in their roles. They are mindfulness, giving and love. These three areas are imperative in creating a dance of harmony, cooperation, fluidity and balance between yourself, as the caregiver and the one you are caring for.

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, by Sogyal Rinpoche speaks of mindfulness in the following way:

“The practice of mindfulness, of bringing the scattered mind home, and so of bringing the different aspects of our being into focus, or stilling yourselves in the nature of your mind, accomplishes three things…

All the fragmented aspects of ourselves, which have been at war, settle and dissolve and become friends. In that settling we begin to understand ourselves more, and sometimes even have glimpses of the radiance of our fundamental nature.

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