NCC18 Presenter: Karen Laing
NCC18 Presenter: Karen Laing
Turning towards the Difficult: Mindfulness and Caregiving on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 3 p.m.
“Don't turn away. Keep your gaze on the bandaged place. That's where the light enters you.”-Rumi
Caring for a loved one puts us into countless difficult, uncomfortable, or painful situations. Whether it's facing a health challenge or difficult prognosis, navigating health care systems, facing conflicting views with your loved ones, or grief and sadness in the face of loss or change, there are many stressors that come with caregiving. We are likely to face burnout if we lack tools for trusting our experience and relaxing as much as we can with these situations as they are.
In this workshop, we'll look at the toolkit of mindfulness based interventions and how they can be applied to manage the stress of caregiving. Through inquiry into our experience and guided exercises, we'll come away with some strategies to face unavoidable difficulties in new ways. By exploring the possibilities of staying with our moment to moment experiences, we'll see how we can practice broadening our awareness, even when the 'heat is on'.
For those who are new to mindfulness-based practices, we will clarify some of the misconceptions about mindfulness-based practices and take a friendly, non-judgmental approach to our minds and how they work. For those who have more experience and familiarity, we'll be setting ourselves up to make the next difficult thing our next opportunity to practice leaning into life and dancing with it a bit.
Karen looks forward to exploring with you the possibilities of caregiving with practices to cultivate awareness, confidence and trust.
-Learn about our minds and emotional regulation systems and how they can work for us, not against us
-Learn why training our brains to pay attention in certain ways helps us move through even the most challenging situations with more peace, confidence, love and connection
-Explore how to find G.R.A.C.E. in the moments of difficulty
In the mess of a difficult day we all can find ourselves feeling a little lost and overwhelmed. We'll explore a map to make our way back to a place where we can rest and restore, a place that might be just a breath away. ~ Karen
Karen is the Founder of Birthways, one of the first and largest doula services in the country and the originator of the WisdomWay method of mindful caregiving. She is an MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) teacher and has brought the tools of mindfulness to meet the needs of individuals and families and to support and mentor those who care for them.
In 2017, Karen launched WisdomWay Institute, a continuation of her life’s work supporting mindful and sustainable caregiving. The methods she now shares return to some of her roots in caregiving elders and those facing illness. She has cared for those at the beginning and the end of life both personally and professionally. Karen believes that we have a basic goodness and desire to be in caring relationships with one another and that the skills of awareness and self-compassion, when tended, make us more resilient and effective in those relationships. From being with friends in their final days, serving as a family caregiver, and parenting a child through a life-threatening eating disorder and depression, she has cultivated ways to be a 'midwife' to others. In her view, both care-giver and care-receiver hold the potential for healing and transformation and touch on the beauty of our shared humanity when given these opportunities. Since 1994, Karen has cared for families in a variety of ways. She has worked as a midwife and lactation consultant, served as a perinatal educator, and has trained and mentored hundreds of providers. She served on the board of the National Association of Postpartum Care Services, where she helped to establish the first national standards for postpartum doulas. She is a blogger, a presenter at national conferences and has led mindfulness retreats for parents and for professional caregivers.
Karen and her family live in Madison, Wisconsin.
Meet Karen in the video below which we recorded during our Virtual Caregiving Summit in May.
We are so grateful to the following sponsors for making our conference possible:
~ AARP ~
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