As an end of life doula, we expect a lot of ourselves sometimes. How often do you get to ‘practice’ the art of being with others as they are dying? How often do you get to ‘practice’ the skills that will make you good at this? Do you expect yourself to just be great at going between the two states of 'being' without practice? That is a lot to ask of anyone.
Here are some ‘practice’ ideas to develop your ‘art of being’ with others (during your normal day). Begin to practice these and they will not only benefit the people you serve, but they will also benefit you. The truth is that the things we must do to be a great doula will also nourish ourselves.
See if you notice any changes after committing to doing at least one exercise per day for 3 weeks. Set your timer for 5 minutes, 3 times per day, and choose one of the following exercises:
May you expand your practice, your heart, and your loving kindness in awareness to yourself and all you serve.