What can happen though, as we step up to support the person, is that we begin to crumble. We experience our own sadness in the face of their pain. We feel inadequate faced with their despair or their suffering. If we keep going without tending to ourselves we will eventually burn out. A burned out caregiver can not be the strength our loved one needs.
This `Circle of Support` came back to me yesterday as I listened to Bruce and Adam talk about their new media venture called Continue Life. www.continue.life It is a website of video stories to let people who are touched by mental illness know they are not alone and reduce the stigma associated with it. It has already saved lives. The suicide rate is startlingly high. In Washington State it is about 10% higher than the national average and is the second leading cause of death among adults.
What can we do?
One thing we can all do is gather a circle of support around ourselves. Start now to take care of ourselves, spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically. Find practitioners we can start working with that will help us grow. Try a new modality or product. We never know when we’re going to need to pull that circle closer or when we’ll be called upon to be someone’s rock. We don’t have to feel helpless when faced with a crisis.
Don’t forget that you can experience a healing modality for free!
** Free healing Friday June 17th Noon – 5pm. At Intuitive Mind classroom space,
2709 Bridgeport Way University Place 98466
** June 19th – Group Meditation and Healing 3pm – 5pm. Tickets $35. Intuitive Mind 2709 Bridgeport Way