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Podcast Episode #42: Caregiving Challenges Can Bring Out the Best in You

Following a visit to a local Fijian caregivers group, Bernstein Institute staff member and caregiver Hilloah Levy joins our discussion of the stresses and potential rewards of caregiving. How can caregivers continue to sustain a nurturing relationship with their care recipients while taking sufficient care of themselves to prevent fatigue [...]

By | August 17th, 2019|0 Comments

Podcast Episode #41: Extreme Caregiving: Randy Mayfield Brings Music and Hope to Refugees in Iraq

Internationally-recognized singer and songwriter Randy Mayfield joins us to share his experiences bringing aid to victims of ISIS terrorism on the border between Syria and Iraq. Randy participates in small teams, which include local workers, to bring supplies, support, music and hope to traumatized refugees, primarily Yazidis, living in extreme [...]

By | August 13th, 2019|0 Comments

Podcast Episode #40: Responding to Adversity Without Regret for Running Away

With special guest Mimi Amaral, we explore what it means to respond to the hardships that can come into our lives - to "face it, feel it, change it". Reacting to adversity by running away often leads to painful losses and regrets. Facing challenges can expose the parts of ourselves [...]

By | August 4th, 2019|0 Comments

Podcast Episode #39: Sustaining the Life of a Resilient Caregiver

With special guest Mimi Amaral, we discuss the many painful challenges of caregiving for a loved one. To be a consistent, loving caregiver requires facing and dealing with emotions such as anger, fear, sadness and grief, and developing a sensitivity to how those emotions feel in the body. It requires [...]

By | August 1st, 2019|0 Comments

Podcast Episode #38: Devastating Reality Will Expose Your True Self

With special guest Mimi Amaral, we explore in depth the experience of adversity and suffering, and what it takes to heal and change. When painful life experiences strip us to our core, we have the opportunity to discover who we are and learn how to face our circumstances and respond [...]

By | July 21st, 2019|0 Comments

Podcast Episode #37: Discover Who You Really Are Through the Caregiving Journey

With special guest Mimi Amaral, we explore the experience of caregiving as a painful but valuable process to discover our essential humanity. Disease, disability and mortality in the lives of those we care for brings adversity into our own lives.  This adversity can be an opportunity for us to grow [...]

By | July 13th, 2019|0 Comments

Podcast Episode #36: Gaining Hope and Strength from Life’s Difficulties and Struggles

Struggles and difficulties come into the lives of every person. How do we find value in the experience of suffering? When pain enters our lives, rather than avoid or deny, we can face it and begin the process of accepting that we have no control, letting go, and grieving our [...]

By | July 10th, 2019|0 Comments

Podcast Episode #35: Caregiving: A Tough Journey to Inner Meaning and Purpose

How do we become the person we were meant to be? Essential parts of this life journey include being willing to face and grow through adversity, develop the discipline of transformative resilience, and accept the challenge of providing compassionate care to someone who needs us. This process is neither simple [...]

By | June 29th, 2019|0 Comments

Podcast Episode #34: Caregiving: Facing & Living Through Adversity to Become Your Best Self

Pushing the "pause button" after being emotionally triggered helps everyone - including caregivers - stop reacting negatively to themselves and those they care for. Developing an awareness of triggered emotions such as anger, fear or sadness, makes it possible to "push the pause button" and then return, when the time [...]

By | June 29th, 2019|0 Comments

Podcast Episode #33: Pushing the Pause Button: A Strategy for Dealing with Triggering

Triggering is an out-of-proportion emotional reaction to difficulties in the present. It happens to everyone, particularly when we're tired or stressed. It indicates the presence of an unhealed wound from our past. In order to resolve and recover from a triggering event, it is essential to develop an awareness of [...]

By | June 17th, 2019|0 Comments