lesson one power of presence study guide individual track

Power of Presence Series

Individual Track Learning Guide

Lesson One: Visualization

Questions Worth Considering

4. In this Soul & Science Lesson, Wendy reflects on her time watching a sunset with her daughter and how this shared experience brought healing and wisdom. “I could take the presence of unity and just know I was deeply connected to my daughter . . . I can call upon that feeling of connection when I’m really struggling, really don’t feel aligned with someone else. Any caregiver can use this skill.”  - Soul & Science Lesson.

5. “Hycner and Jacobs (1995) describe presence as a turning of the whole self to the other — not just attending to the other but turning away from preoccupation with self and offering one’s whole being to the other. This involves viewing the other in his/her uniqueness and acceptance that this is a different and unique person, where ‘no other concern is paramount’.” - (From Mental Power to Muscle Power 2004)

6. “Lack of positive imagery about the future is thought to maintain depression (Holmes, Lang, et al., 2008) so that . . . [positive] imagery might also alleviate depressed mood.” – (Mental Imagery in Emotion and Emotional Disorders  2010)

7. "Loving care does not require twice the time, but it does require more than twice the presence." – Erie Chapman, JD, MTS

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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.