Whether it's the loss of a job, a marriage, or a life, in today's 24/7 world we're increasingly faced with uncomfortable situations where we don’t know what to say yet we're called upon to quickly respond -- online or in person. We may fumble, avoid contact, or simply walk away perplexed, thinking we have done a bad job of responding to our friends, family, neighbors, clients, and co-workers. How do we pause, listen, and offer comfort in those hard moments? Filled with touching stories, this practical guide helps us step into someone else's shoes so that we can empathetically learn how to respond in times of need. The revised compact edition includes a new introduction, index and short reflections at the end of each chapter to help readers become more comfortable and effective when offering or accepting comfort in their demanding lives.
In this exquisitely crafted work, Madonna Sampson-Doyle points the way to gentler relationships across age, gender, religious and cultural differences within families, workplaces, churches and communities. The way is through Healing Conversations a combination of soulful dialogue artfully mixed with robust, intellectual communication principles.
Healing Conversations is the story of Dorothy Barnes' journey through therapy. Anger, painful memories, and her inability to trust in others were part of her voyage. But with God as her companion, it was a journey into hope for Dorothy.
By sharing their experiences, the authors hope to inspire others to engage in enriching conversations that enhance relationships. As the authors reflected on their life-changing interactions, they realized that those who engage in healing conversations experience a more satisfying connection and a greater sense of loving and being loved.
Each day calls us to tend life beyond ourselves. Dancing with the Ten Thousand Things helps you answer that call and become a more powerful healing presence. You have the innate ability to be a healing presence. Imagine amplifying your gifts and applying them in your family life, friendships, work, organizations, and community. Transforming care and compassion into effective action will become your way of life. This book outlines the journey of waking up through being of service. You will observe two changes taking place: less unnecessary suffering and greater possibilities in the life you share with others. You will learn to consciously tend to life one moment at a time. Tom Balles has gathered his years of study in a variety of traditions and offers them as a gift. He succeeds in blending the richness of the deep wisdom traditions with daily practices to enhance your learning. This is very rich food for the body, mind, and soul. Take the time to digest this feast slowly over the days, weeks, and months ahead. -Robert M. Duggan, M.A., M.Ac., (UK) author of Common Sense for the Healing Arts, Co-Founder and President of the Tai Sophia Institute for the Healing Arts.
While grieving her elderly father's death, artist Katherine Dunn learns that the time she spends hospicing and caring for the many old barn animal at her farm also bring her comfort, and understanding, about her father's death. Illustrated with 60+ emotive art and photographs, the book shows a journey through grief with Nature as teacher. The author's time in the barnyard gives her opportunities to reflect on memories, helped by the internal dialogues she has with her old goats, donkeys and other "Misfits" as she calls them - the many barn animals that either wandered to her farm, or been adopted by her from neglected situations. This book shows the healing power of animals and art.
In this book we present a comprehensive view of a systemic approach to working with families, initiated by Karl Tomm more than two decades ago at the Calgary Family Therapy Centre in Canada. The contributors of this edited book articulate the IPscope framework as it was originally designed and its evolution over time. We invite you, experienced professionals and new family therapists, to join with us to explore some of the mysteries of human relationships. While the focus on our explorations revolves around clinical mental health problems and initiatives towards solutions, the concepts are applicable in many domains of daily life. They highlight the ways in which we, as persons, invite each other into recurrent patterns of interaction that generate and maintain some stability in our continuously changing relationships. The stabilities arise when our invitations become coupled and can be characterized as mutual; yet, they always remain transient. What is of major significance is that these transient relational stabilities can have major positive or negative effects in our lives. Consequently, we could all potentially benefit from greater awareness of the nature of these patterns, how particular patterns arise, and how we might be able to influence them.