Power of Presence Series
Professional Group Track Learning Guide
Lesson One: Visualization
-The first step is ACT ONE. This interactive form section will give you an opportunity to delve deeply into the concepts behind our lesson and reflect on how they connect to your life and your role as caregiver. A critical element for the success of an ACT Learning Group is to provide some time and space for personal reflection and journaling.
-After completing this step, ACT TWO is a period of group discussion and reflection. All participants must be given a safe space to express themselves during this time. This portion of the interactive form is filled out with insights gained from your community exploration.
-Next, your group will move on to ACT THREE, the Best Practices, real-world habits, ways of thinking, or behaving that can increase personal well-being. Goals to incorporate best practice suggestions can be made on the group or individual level and support systems can be developed during this time.
ACT Step One: Individual Reflection
ACT Step Two: Group Discussion
ACT Step Three: Best Practices – (Choose at Least One)
1) “There is a practice of taking a memory or image which deeply embodies a positive quality. It demonstrates a positive part of what we are. This can be called visualization.” – Soul & Science Lesson
Try the following visualization technique:
1) Choose a memory where you felt you were at your best (strongest, wisest, etc.) or develop a picture or image of peacefulness (or another quality that is important to you).
2) Close your eyes and mindfully settle into your space.
3) Bring your chosen image to mind.
4) For a few minutes, let the image play with no analysis or over-thinking.
5) Focus on all the sensory information present in that scene and deepen the image. What is the weather like? What scents are in the air? What does your environment look like? What can you hear around you?
6) Spend about five minutes truly sensing yourself in this scene or experience.
7) When you slowly return from this self-visualization, breathe deeply five times.
8) Name or title your visualization. This will act as a memory-anchor so you can reference this experience when you really need it.
9) If applicable, share your visualization with colleagues.
2) “What we pay attention to is how we create our life.” – Russell Delman, Therapist
For one week, record moments you feel joy, pride, or peace. Don’t worry about qualifying your feelings or being “humble”. Celebrate the good moments.
3) “As a caregiver, we have the ability to offer our patients another way to experience who they are. When they’re feeling fearful, perhaps there’s a memory of courage, or if they’re anxious, they may remember a time of peacefulness.” – Soul & Science Lesson
Write down at least three meaningful questions or statements that you could use to lead a fearful or anxious individual to a memory of courage or peace. Some examples could include:
-This may be an enormous challenge, but I’m sure you’ve overcome many challenges. Could you describe a great difficulty you’ve overcome in the course of the last few years?
-As much as this is a hard situation, has there been a time where you felt overwhelmed in the past? What personal strengths have helped you move forward, despite hard times?
-Even though you are afraid, I’m sure you have a rich history of facing many of your fears. Tell me about a time you conquered fear and uncertainty.
Try using at least one of these questions/statements over the next month.
Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.”