Get 2015 off to a nourishing start!
Chances are most of us who have ended up working in health and care professions were initially drawn to them due to a desire to help others, ‘fix’ them and above all alleviate suffering. But what happens when we realise that taking this sort of responsibility can tie us in knots – leaving the person in pain still struggling with it and the clinician feeling inadequate in their skills, knowledge or inability to perform miracles?
When considering the complexity of pain neurophysiology it may not be straightforward to be able to alleviate suffering directly and it could be that the struggle itself then perpetuates this suffering. Mindfulness is an approach that has gained research support in many chronic conditions over the last 30 years. Exploring ways in which we can relate differently to our circumstances has provided many with skills to respond to situations with choice rather than reacting automatically.
How do we meet others in their suffering? How might we meet them without jumping to try and fix them? Or without shrinking away when they struggle with pain, confusion and anger?
This will be a practical evening led by Alex Irving, a mindfulness teacher with a grounding in osteopathy, a Masters in Pain Science and all round master of gentleness and compassion.