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Who are the caregivers? We all are, for at the heart of being human is the capacity to care, to reach out to others and explore the relationships we build. The Soul of Caregiving is about us and how we, as caregivers, serve, even sacrifice, for those in need. I invite you to explore with me how we have the opportunities to partake in a kind of pilgrimage along the path of our experiences as caregivers. Who will be your guide on this journey? Unlike other pilgrims who have a guide assigned to them, you will soon discover it is your own Soul guiding you. Professionally skilled as we may be to meet the needs of others, a fundamental core component of our busy lives as caregivers, is the necessity to stop and rest. It is not a waste of time, but rather a luxury of time, to ponder, reflect, and grow from our experiences. Not an easy endeavor in the midst of a whirlwind of activity. We, as caregivers, experience vulnerability, helplessness, fears, and pain over the traumatic events we experience because we care. We care about those whom we are called to serve. Compassion fatigue comes about because we care. Listening to the stirrings of your Soul and acting upon them will build compassion reliance.
The Caregiver’s Guide’s definition of caregiving is broad in scope that covers a diversity of occupations and professions. These include physicians, nurses, therapists, health providers, chaplains and wellness coaches. First responders include firefighters, police and safety officers, emergency medical service personnel, active and retired military, educators, and parents who care for their chronically ill children and adult children who care for one or two parents.
At its core, the practice of caregiving requires a discipline of the heart, a focus to be present, to listen to, and to create an interior space of welcome for the one in need. Simultaneously, caregivers are given the opportunity to reflect on experiences, a process that is not foreign, just one that is lost or clouded over by the busyness of everyday lives. These promptings support, sustain and empower caregivers. This is the Soul of Caregiving.