Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others

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ReadHowYouWant.com, 2010 - Self-Help - 456 pages
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This book is for all those who notice that they are not the people they once were or who are being told that by their families, friends, colleagues, or pets. Laura van Dernoot Lipsky takes a deep and sympathetic look at the many ways the stress of dealing with trauma manifests itself: feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, diminished creativity, chronic exhaustion, cynicism, and a dozen more.To keep from being overwhelmed, we need to respond to suffering in a thoughtful, intentional way-not by hardening our hearts or by internalizing others' struggles as our own but by developing a quality of compassionate presence. This is trauma stewardship. To help achieve this, Lipsky offers a variety of simple and profound practices, drawn from modern psychology and a range of spiritual traditions, that enable us to look carefully at our reactions and motivations and discover new sources of energy and renewal. She includes interviews with successful trauma stewards from different walks of life and even uses New Yorker cartoons to illustrate her points. "We can do meaningful work in a way that works for us and for those we serve," Lipsky writes. "Taking care of ourselves while taking care of others allows us to contribute to our societies with such impact that we will leave a legacy informed by our deepest wisdom and greatest gifts instead of burdened by our struggles and despair."
  

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Review: Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others

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"I used to give a speech in which I talked about what if I were someone who arrived from outer space, and I said, "How do you protect children?" and someone said, we hire 24 year olds right out of ... Read full review

Review: Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others

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A definite must-read for anyone in direct service, healers and caretakers, and people working for social and environmental justice. This normalizes a lot of the negative and self-defeating feelings ... Read full review

Contents

Understanding Trauma Stewardship
1
Mapping Your Response to Trauma Exposure
49
FINDING YOUR WAY TO TRAUMA
205
Following the Five Directions
211
NORTH Creating Space for Inquiry
250
SOUTH Building Compassion
269
THE FIFTH DIRECTION A Daily Practice
335
ABOUT BERRETTKOEHLER PUBLISHERS
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