Jun 1, 2016
Mandalas are circular religious and spiritual symbols, which can function as important depictions of cosmology, experiences of the divine, or metaphysical understandings of the self.
Mandalas in Hinduism and Buddhism can represent world and foundational mythologies, whereas the mandalas of Hildegard von Bingen, a Benedictine mystic, were painted depictions of her sacred visions.
Even Carl Jung, the famous Swiss psychiatrist, found use of the mandalas helpful in his own practice, understanding them to be “the psychological depiction of the totality of the self.”1 Mandalas can also be powerful and potent storytellers, which share individual and collective narratives to present and future generations.
Jun 1, 2016
It’s late May and I’m sitting in my office, down the hall Wednesday morning yoga is happening for staff that wants to take part. Another co-worker just popped their head around my door to see if I’m joining in, “not today!” I reply, “I forgot my workout clothes.”
Another co-worker has just texted me wondering if there are any orders for iced coffee this morning. She’s picking up a box of goodies on her way into the office and going to be a few minutes late: “fine by me you’re bringing treats!” I text back.
We’ve started into our summer hours schedule just this week, which means we all chop an hour off the end of our Monday to Thursday work days and Friday we work a half day; an extra nice perk when it comes to long weekends.
Jun 1, 2016
Most of the 225 residents at Veterans Memorial Lodge at Broadmead (part of Broadmead Care Society) in Victoria BC have dementia, physical impairments, and are in the last year of their lives.
Their care requires remarkable resilience, compassion, and physical energy.
The workload is heavy. The people who provide most of the direct care and support are health care aides, housekeepers, activity, food service and laundry workers -- people whose work is vital, but who sometimes do not feel recognized or highly valued in Canadian long-term care facilities.
Recently, an innovative educational workshop for those staff members was envisioned by Broadmead Care Society’s Director of Clinical Programs (Care) Jim Oldnall and strongly supported by the CEO, Dave Cheperdak.