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Mindfulness and Love In Your .../
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
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
Where do I find out more information about their
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