Mental Health Awareness Month – Caring for the Care Partner
“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don't just give up.” ― Stephen Hawkin.
In Buddhism, the number 10,000 is a symbol for limitless. A well-known Buddhist phrase is “ten thousand joys and ten thousand sorrows” means the journey of life is in continuous change. Much of life is outside our control, but we can make use of circumstances and experiences to advance our well-being. Everything changes. Nothing stays the same. We might want to let the sadness in, warm it up with acceptance, then calmly release it.
Ten Thousand Joys, Ten Thousand Sorrows by Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle, the subtitle explains it all: “A Couple’s Journey through Alzheimer’s.”
If you have been or are currently a care partner, many of these thoughts will ring true.
- aregiving was an opportunity for me to practice the positive qualities of compassion, patience, generosity, and kindness, it helped give meaning to the humblest of tasks.
- “It’s never overreacting to ask for what you want and need.” Amy Poehler
- “Altogether, the idea of meditation is not to create states of ecstasy or absorption, but to experience being.” —Chögyam Trungpa (1939-1987), a preeminent teacher of Tibetan Buddhism.
Life Lesson: “The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.”—Thich Nhat Hanh