I was invited by Debbie Rosas, Founder of Nia Technique, Inc., to engage in “The Compassion Games” , sharing acts of kindness and compassion in my community. As a life-long helper + healer in my early career as a hospice counselor, through 20 years of sharing compassionate self-care through Nia, working with clients in my mind-body psychotherapy practice, and contributing to the work of alleviating Compassion Fatigue for thousands of professional caregivers in Ed-U-Care’s annual Compassion Fatigue Symposium, I have many stories to tell! The one that yearned to be told is the one I currently practice going in and out of the hospital-based wellness facility at Baylor Hospital where I teach Nia and Nia Moving to Heal classes each week.
My story is called, #FlowerPower
Every Tuesday and Thursday when I teach my Nia and Nia Moving to Heal classes at Baylor Tom Landry Wellness Center, my student, Sopana, gives me flowers, handpicked from her garden.
I used to keep them for myself, but I recently noticed as I passed through the exit, several people with chronic, debilitating illnesses waiting for their doctors appointment, and thought to myself…I can SHARE THE LOVE…and so I selected 2 people waiting and offered my flowers to them as a way to bring beauty, light, love, generosity, and human connection to people who are distressed, isolated, and suffering.
Their smile says it all….and I walk away with my spirit expanded knowing that this very small gesture of passing on the gift, made a big difference to the person who received it.
This has become my weekly ritual. Today, it was a man in a wheelchair with an amputated leg and deformed arm. The flower brought beauty, and I brought human connection, he brought smiles.
I love the idea that I leave beauty, light, and kindness in my wake as I journey the world.
How does COMPASSION show up in your body + life?
The place to begin, ALWAYS, is with YOU!!! I have some offerings that will put YOU front and center of your compassion practice…then, with your well full, you have what you need to then go out and be an agent of compassion with the world! check out my upcoming Nia White Belt Training in Dallas, TX, where you will experience phenomenal tools to GET IN your body, and make choices for your body and life from a place of compassion! Or perhaps the Nia Moving to Heal program speaks to you! Check out my next training or BRING THE TRAINING to YOUR community!!!!
**Learn more about The Compassion Games at http://www.compassiongames.org