Judy Ray, Retired Manager, Spiritual Care, Sharp Grossmont Hospital has been teaching mindful compassion programs to over 500 staff/volunteers for the past five years with outstanding evaluations. Judy brings 25 years of mindfulness meditation practice to her teaching.
Judy Ray created Mindful Compassion classes at Sharp Grossmont Hospital through the Spiritual Care department as a way to support caregivers by reducing the stress of everyday life. The classes invite staff and volunteers to be active participants in caring for themselves, using their own internal resources to cultivate health, happiness and well being in a variety of circumstances. According to one participant, “Mindfulness has helped me to be more at peace and little by little I feel it’s transforming me into a better version of myself."
When facing healing from compassion fatigue, chronic stress and health issues, such as pain, physical illness, or depression, the development of skillful, mindful habits becomes ever more relevant. Mindful Compassion classes teach an awareness of being present in the moment in an open, non-judgmental, accepting and compassionate way. We cannot control the stress of working in a busy work environment, but we can learn how to respond rather than react to stress in a more positive way. Research suggests that mindful compassion classes/practices can change our relationship to life. An employee confirmed, “Meditation allows me to be more open to every type of stimuli at work from stress to joy.”
Weekly Drop-In Mindful Meditation:
A thirty minute weekly drop-in class for new or experienced participants learning mindful meditation. Participants learn techniques for practicing mindfulness and how it can be used during stressful days at work. Participants are prepared to recognize physically and mentally stressful situations with calmness, clarity, and intention.
Introduction To Mindfulness:
Four, one-hour sessions that empowers individual participants to learn and practice mindfulness. This four-class series is an Introduction to Mindfulness and Mindful Awareness Practices. These practices develop greater mind-body awareness and reduce stress. Participants will learn how to incorporate mindfulness into their daily life.
Compassion Cultivation Training:
Two-hour, eight-week empirically supported training program that equips fifteen to twenty-five participants with the knowledge, skills and mindset to be more compassionate for self and others. This program spotlights how compassion generates optimal health outcomes. Participants learn methods for cultivating greater self-care, stress management, and resiliency.
Program Development Consultation:
Availability as needed.