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From strength to strength

Yesterday I had the absolute pleasure of co-presenting a mindfulness and self-care pre-conference workshop for the Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Program.

It was interesting to learn about Dadirri - which is a Aboriginal cultural term for stillness and deep listening.Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr Baumann talks about this ancient practice that is akin to mindfulness.

The ANFPP "is a nurse-led home visiting program that supports women pregnant with an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander child to improve their own health and the health of their baby."

I spent some time with the team from Danila Dilba, Darwin who told me what a difference it makes to work for an organisation that focuses on the strengths of their clients and the wellbeing of their employees. Mindfulness is one way to care for yourself, over time it gives you the wisdom to determine better ways to respond to situations. Or as Jack Kornfield and Trudy Goodman say so eloquently, "Research now shows that the practice of mindfulness is profoundly healing allowing us to tend wisely to the body, to listen carefully to the heart, and to bring a compassionate understanding to our mind and our world."

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