Mindfulness and Compassion Cultivation Training Is Helpful

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Nov 01, 2019

Working in health care is becoming a bit more complex as the world is becoming more complicated. Clients are sicker. Expectations are higher. Employment is low. Mindfulness and Compassion Cultivation Trainings appeared to be natural next steps in helping health care staff to continue their mission of providing great care to those they serve.
Initial reasons to participate:

Can always learn more about this subject.
In our political climate, so many opportunities for conflict.
Learn how to feel compassion without getting caught up in others issues.
How to understand people different than yourself.
Sees how friction in staff affects residents and learn how to support staff.
Learn more tools in my work and life to help improve my wellbeing.
Better understand compassion vs empathy.
How to ensure and honor staffs purpose.
Training for residents, families, and staff is vitally important to make sure everyone is on the same page.

From the Stanford Medicine Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, they define compassion as the following 4 step process:

Awareness of suffering in others.
Feeling of being emotionally moved by suffering.
Motivationto see the relief of that suffering.
Action and willingness to help relieve that suffering when possible.

A take away from a participant:
I signed up for it because I have never really had a conversation about compassion so I was curious how it would tie into my work. My biggest take was the piece about purpose and it got me thinking about what is my purpose at work and how my purpose has changed over time. This training allowed me to think about purpose in a different way and I think it can be really helpful when trying to make connections with co-workers by learning what their purpose is and how it ties into their work.
The meditations we learned do make a difference. Try them:
Loving Kindness wishes for others:
May you be happy.
May you be free from suffering.
May you know peace.
And here are the compassion 'wishes':
May you be free from suffering.
May you be free from fear and anger.
May you know peace.
Editors Note: This article was submitted by Yvonne Myers with Columbine Health Systems and maybe reached at 970-482-0198 or yvonne.myers@columbinehealth.com

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