The seed for a lovely Saturday morning retreat was planted months ago. That seed finally took root this weekend on the cusp of growing season in these parts. Five nurses, a physician, (and my mom!) gathered for an experience in meditation and movement like none other. The group left wanting for more! I can hardly wait to further explore the overlap in Ellie Peterson's Meditative Movements™ and the practice of caring for others; starting with the gift of self-care.
I became acquainted with Ellie through a trusted friend and admired Certified Holistic Nutrition Coach, Bekah Rieke of SageSpoonLiving. Having attended an event co-hosted by The Reflective Nurse, Bekah had a hunch that this following may groove to the unique practice she discovered through Ellie, founder of Power of Positive Workouts. Bekah was right!
You can pour from a pitcher when something is welled inside. Once empty we are reduced to going through the motions. Caregiver fatigue weighs down care-delivery. The research is out there on any aspect of this truth: patient safety, healing, and connectivity are at risk when we don't refresh processes to care for ourselves as we care for others.
A generous facilitator, with Ellie's permission, I share her "show notes" from our Saturday morning retreat if you care to peak at a practice that might enhance yours:
- The Heart Speaks by Dr. Mimi Guarneri
- The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
- Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
- You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay
- The Body Keeps Score by Bessel