© 2019 by Nicole Steward, MSW 

There is something about the cultivation of mindfulness that is healing, that is transformative, and that can serve to give our lives back to us..."

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness

'The practice of mindfulness involved feeling, recognizing, and making use of that in us which is already okay, already beautiful, already whole by virtue of our being human- and drawing upon it to live our lives as if it really mattered how we stand in relationship to what arises, whatever it is."

Mindfulness

Cultivating a practice of mindfulness (being IN the present moment, on purpose, and without judgement) is a very important skill to use when working with traumatized or vulnerable populations.  By staying mindful as we do challenging work, we can decrease the amount of vicarious trauma we absorb and we can stay present for those we serve in a way that makes them feel seen & heard.  Mindfulness also allows us to differentiate clearly what is our trauma and what is other people's "stuff" so that we can serve people in a focused and more informed way.