When I woke up with throbbing in my mouth, I knew that I had to visit my dentist. By the end of the day, not only had I visited my dentist, I’d had over 7 injections into my mouth and gum to take care of the pain and I’d had a root canal surgery! And, when the pain medication wore off, it was time to practice meditation.Details
By creating the third mind of nursing, that wonderful creatrix of possibility from which spring infinite possibilities for change, we can create an intangible force of awareness and compassion, and venture to bring the collective mind into a new era of nursing.Details
Minding the bedside, remaining mindful, aware, and compassionate in the presence of those we care for, comes from turning the mind, re-turning the mind inward; transforming the stormy arisings of thoughts, emotions and feelings and recognizing them to be impermanent phenomena, like passing clouds in the sky.Details
In the second part of this series, Why Do You Get Stressed…, we looked at why we become stressed due to our thoughts and thinking. In this final part, we’ll explore how mindfulness and meditation can help us to work differently with our mind and emotions.Details
In the first part of this series, Is Nursing All About Stress?, we looked at the definitions of stress, stressor, emotions and feelings. We also looked at some of the statistics on the causes of stress in nursing, the negative effects on the body and mind and how emotional and mental reactivity to stressors and stress can perpetuate the stress that we experience.
In the second part of the series, we’ll look at why we become stressed and begin to explore ways to stop our habit of “stressing out.”Details
As nurses, we know the meaning of stress. In fact, we may know its meaning more intimately than most of our peers who work in other professions. This is partially because we’ve seen the devastating effects that chronic stress has on the bodies of our patients. It’s also because nursing is reported to be one of the most stressful professions. Why is it that when we enter into discussions on how to decrease stress in nursing, we usually point to changing things external to ourselves and that when we try to change how we deal with stress, we usually end up stressing out about that too?Details
How comfortable are you with pain? Does it depend on whether it’s your own pain or someone else’s? Would you like to find comfort in pain…or at least in pain management?
For many of us, pain is something to be avoided, whether it’s our own pain or the pain of another. When confronted with this most daunting physical experience, we’d rather turn and run…or at least walk quickly, in the other direction.Details
The topic of bringing our meditation practice into our workplace, whether as a nurse or as a supermarket cashier, requires of us an understanding of what we mean when we use the word, “meditate.”Details
Are you a nurse? Are you compassionate? Do you feel fatigued? Could it be…compassion fatigue? (Is there really such a condition?)
There’s a lot of talk in nursing, in healthcare and in the literature about “compassion fatigue.” When I searched Google® for the keywords “compassion fatigue in nurses ” I came up with 168,000 links…168,000! Seriously?!
You’d think that we’re all suffering from this syndrome, which can’t be possible…or, is it?!Details
This morning, I received an email from one of my readers who wrote, “One question that I have about thoughts is, if they’re not real, how do you know if they’re ‘true’ or not…The way I’ve always viewed my thoughts is, well if I thought of them then they MUST be true.” Do you ever wonder the same thing? If so, read on…Details