In his book, Conversations with God, Book 4, God relates to Neale Donald Walsch that humans on Earth have all the resources necessary for everyone to live plentifully. There is enough clean water, food, and technologies to sustain the planet easily. So why do we suffer from such apparent need and lack? According to God, as related to Neale, we are not deprived of resources; we are deprived of having enough people who Care. With enough people who Care, all these problems would be solved easily.
Wow!! That hit me like a bullet. Really. Not enough people who Care.
It’s not like I don’t know that. I intimately understand why people are not demonstrating Care. My personal experiences and research have led me to understand that individuals and groups are suffering from burnout and compassion fatigue and emotional labor and a whole host of other “Caregiver Disorders." I have been teaching that these disorders deplete energy, distract attention, and disrupt the ability to adequately Care. Care for ourselves. Care for others. Care for the community at large, and even the Care for the planet.
The Center for Conscious Caregiving strives to bring awareness and interventions to this very dilemma. We teach programs that foster Radical Self Care because we know that Care for self ripples out to others, to the community, and to the world.
So why did this book's revelation feel so dramatic to me? Honestly, the magnitude that this “lack of enough people who Care” is having across the Global landscape -- it had not really penetrated my being. I knew how significant it was in my own sphere of influence, but I see it now as a significant global issue. Think about it: "All the world’s problems are solvable if we just have enough people who Care."
Ask yourself with as much honesty as you can muster: Am I bringing my Best Caring Self to the dinner table every night with my kids? Am I bringing my Best Caring Self to all the family holiday parties, or am I exhausted just thinking about going? Is my Best Caring Self present to listen deeply to my neighbor who just got a diagnosis of cancer or Alzheimer's? Is my Best Caring Self enthusiastically showing up to work and doing what I love?
If you are not always your Best Caring Self and would like to be, check out our programs or better yet, come and have a cup of tea with one of our Radical Self Care Coaches.
We are leading the way towards our vision of creating a Consciously Caring World. We invite you to join the movement ... become a Conscious Care Giver!
-- Suzanne :)