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Mindfulness and Compassion: The Practice of Caregiving

  • Chrysalis Gathering Space 3527 Ellwood Avenue Richmond, VA, 23221 United States (map)

Develop skills that will help meet difficult life passages with compassion for yourself and the people for whom you are providing care.  The focus of this 4-week series would be on teaching caregivers and those needing care how to mindfully listen to themselves and each other and bring the skills of compassionate communication to their interactions. The series will be every Tuesday starting on November 14th until December 5th. 

Practices will include guided sitting meditation, self-compassion meditation and a body scan meditation, all of which invite a deep settling into the body and an opening of present moment awareness.  Developing this capacity for present moment awareness allows you to find moments of ease in the midst of life’s most difficult challenges.

Learn the practice  of “Welcome Everything. Push Away Nothing.” The teaching through this series will emphasize that communication is about deep compassionate listening and not making a point or being "right. Listening with the heart and body and not just the mind is essential to this practice and starts with listening to one's own heart, body and mind.

Participants will be taught communication clarification skills such as:

  • Practicing cultivating compassionate intent and the assumption of compassionate intent.
  • Paying attention to pace, distractibility and the availability of each person to listen.
  • earning the four-part communication awareness:
  1. What I think I mean
  2. What I say
  3. What you hear
  4. What you think I mean

Philip Davison, PhD, is a mindfulness coach and co-founder of Mindfulness Meditation, a Richmond based mindfulness practice group. He studied under the world renowned Tara Brach along with other highly recognized practitioners and went on to complete his two year Meditation Teacher Training Institute program. Philip has also offered mindfulness training to businesses and organizations such a Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and the VCU Palliative Care Fellows Program.

Alison Shapiro, is trained as a teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and is a graduate of the Metta Institute End of Life Practitioner Program. She has been teaching mindfulness and mindfulness-based practices to people with profound injuries and illnesses, as well as their caregivers, for 12 years. She herself is the survivor of two brainstem strokes and has been a caregiver. Her ability to draw upon personal life experiences has brought a very personal and authentic connection to the work she does.

$150 Members
$275 Non-Members

Tuesdays, November 14, 21, 28 and December 5
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm